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Registered Office: 

Leaps and Bounds

4 Oak Avenue,

Christchurch,

Dorset,

BH23 2QD

© 2016 Vet Physio Centre

Bournemouth

Treatments:

VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY IS A SCIENCE BASED PROFESSION THAT INVOVES THE ASSESMENT AND TREATMENT OF MUSCULOSKELETAL AND/ OR NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS IN ANIMALS

Veterinary physiotherapy aims to relieve your animal’s pain, improve their independence, function and performance.

Physiotherapy may be appropriate for your horse, dog or cat to improve their rehabilitation from an injury or for a condition that is affecting their movement, behaviour and function.

Working closely with veterinary practitioners and nurses involved in your pet's care I aim to provide assessment and treatment sessions that enhance your animal’s rehabilitation and recovery. If your animal is experiencing pain from a musculoskeletal condition, has undergone surgery or is suffering from a neurological condition then physiotherapy may help.

MANUAL THERAPIES

Massage, soft tissue and joint mobilisations form the basis of all treatment.  A wide variety of techniques are employed during each physio session to: 

  • Relieve pain and tension

  • Promote flexibility, strength and range of motion

  • Improve movement and posture

  • Stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage

  • Influence muscle tone

  • Promote well-being and relaxation

 

I may leave you with some simple massage strokes to help your animal to progress between physio treatments.

ELECTROTHERAPIES

  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field

  • Therapeutic ultrasound

  • Phototherapy 

  • TENS 

  • NMES 

 

I use a variety of electrotherapies to target specific issues including;

  • Pain relief

  • Reduction of swelling and oedema

  • Tissue healing optimisation

  • Muscle tone improvement

KINESIOTAPING

Kinesiotape works by providing support, stimulation and relief to muscles and connective tissue.  It can be applied in a number of ways to:

  • Improve posture and movement

  • Reduce pain and swelling

  • Promote proprioception 

 

Taping applications typically last 2-3 days.  I can provide you with instructions and tape for reapplication where appropriate.

Please contact me if you would like more details of the benefits of kinesiotaping, or visit Rocktape.

REMEDIAL EXERCISE

STRETCHING

Every treatment will usually at some point incorporate some form of stretching. Stretching elongates and aligns fibre
orientation. Aligned fibres are stronger, more flexible and are suppler.

 

Many of the baited (carrot) stretches improve core strength and stability, reducing the pressure and strain put upon backs – its Pilates for your horse or dog!! Stretching also helps with joint flexibility, range of motion and nourishment.

It also improves stride length, gait pattern and proprioception (This is the word we use for your body knowing its position and movement, a kind of spatial awareness!)

Rehabilitative exercises are key to your animals progress through a physiotherapy programme. Carefully targeted exercises can help to:

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  • Improve muscle condition and tone

  • Optimise tissue healing

  • Address compensations and gait abnormalities

  • Relieve pain
     

I can give advice on management changes that will help to support your animals recovery, providing a fully comprehensive physiotherapy programme.