Physiotherapy & Hydro-physio
Physiotherapists examine movement, biomechanics, posture and gait. Their experience in physiology and pathology ensures your dog gets the best treatment and the best chance of recovery.
Physiotherapy is extremely important in rehabilitation and is very useful for chronic conditions and to prevent secondary complications. For example, we very often see a dog that has had spinal surgery due to ruptured discs, but this has all come about due to hip dysplasia and the dog bracing itself along the back. Usually, your dog will change their gait to accommodate an injury or condition but this will have a knock-on effect further down the line.
We also offer a combination of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, 'Hydro-Physio'. These sessions are with both a hydrotherapist and a physiotherapist and can be in the water treadmill or the pool. Your pet will experience the best of both worlds and have a full hydrotherapy session as well as manual therapies carried out by the physiotherapist, helping to relieve muscle tension and to facilitate productive hydrotherapy. Not only is this extremely relaxing for your dog but the physiotherapy effects are multiplied as these are carried out using the properties of warm water.
Physiotherapy incorporates many different techniques to eliminate pain and improve mobility of your dog, and treatment plans will be individually tailored to the needs of each patient. These techniques can range from massage, joint mobilisation, stretching and land based exercises to the use of equipment such as:
- Gym balls
- Wobble cushions
- TENS machine
- Muscle stimulator
Physiotherapists will also ask about your dog’s exercise levels and the household environment to discuss possible changes to these for the benefit of your dog. After each physiotherapy session you will be provided with exercises or treatments that you can do at home to continue with the physiotherapy treatments between sessions, these will be demonstrated and explained in each physiotherapy session.
Physiotherapy fits with Hydropets’ “making the difference” ethos as physiotherapy sessions will ultimately improve the welfare of your dog as their mobility will improve and pain will be reduced. Physiotherapy can be used independently of or alongside hydrotherapy to make a difference to your dog’s life.
Physiotherapy can be used for the management of many orthopaedic and neurological conditions, such as:
- Hip or elbow dysplasia
- Post orthopaedic surgery cases
- Spinal conditions and post spinal surgery cases
- Muscle atrophy
- Neurological conditions and nerve damage