Manual therapy is the use of hands on techniques applied to the joints and soft tissues, to reduce muscle spasm, improve movement, relieve pain and swelling, techniques include:
Soft tissues release techniques
Passive movements and stretches
Joint mobilisation techniques
Electrotherapy is an umbrella term for the use of electrotherapeutic modalities that are applied to disrupted tissues to influence pain, promote healing or stimulate muscles.
The use of electrotherapy requires careful selection of the appropriate modality relating to the presenting condition and stage of healing for it to be most effective. Physiotherapists use a working knowledge of physics and pathology to decide which modality is appropriate for the animal.
Different types of electrotherapy that may be used include:
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
Exercise is a fundamental part of physiotherapy treatments and rehabilitation programmes.
Exercise therapy is important for strengthening weakened muscles, improving muscle activity, improving movement, re-educating movement patterns and improving proprioception.
Equine exercise programmes may consist of:
Canine exercise programmes may consist of:
We may also use facilitation aids during our rehabilitation exercises to help your animal improve, these could include kinesio taping, proprioceptive aids, chain bracelets and weighted boots.
Physiotherapists are skilled in a variety of treatments that help maximise performance, enhance recovery, restore function and alleviate pain. Chartered physiotherapists use in depth knowledge and understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology combined with sound palpation and clinical reasoning skills to fully assess then devise appropriate treatment programmes relating to the animals condition, stage of healing and presenting problems.
There are many treatment modalities available to your animal and during treatment sessions, your animal may receive one or more of the following treatments