Some common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy treatment include:
- Soft tissue problems such as muscle, tendon or ligament injuries
- Fracture repair and rehabilitation
- Neurological conditions
- Pre and Post-Surgery
- As a conservative management strategy for conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate injury, patella luxation, intervertebral disc disease
- As a method to optimize performance
Treatment methods used include:
- Joint mobilization / Passive ROM
- Heat and Cold
- Remedial exercise prescription
- Including exercises to target weight bearing, proprioception, muscle strengthening, postural improvement, gait correction.
The benefits of physiotherapy treatment include:
- Pain relief
- Improved flexibility, joint range of motion and movement
- Improved muscle tone and strength
- Improved posture and core strength
What to expect
Before assessment and treatment can commence veterinary consent must be obtained. This can be done by downloading the consent form for your vet to fill in and emailing it to me or presenting this at the first appointment.
On the day of the appointment please make sure your dog is clean and dry. A well lit room, ideally with a non slip surface, will be needed to treat your dog.
The first appointment will begin with a full case history being taken. This will include details about any injuries/surgery (past or present), exercise regime and management details. Following this the dog will be observed in walk and trot on a flat surface. If the presenting issues can only be seen during or following certain activities it may be necessary for this activity to be shown during the assessment. Your dog will then be observed statically to assess muscle symmetry. A full musculoskeletal assessment will then be made; this includes palpation to assess muscle tone and pain response and joint range of motion to detect ability and quality of movement of specific joints.
A treatment programme will be tailored to issues found during the assessment. Treatment will usually be a combination of manual therapies (massage, stretching and joint mobilizations).
Where appropriate a remedial exercise programme will be designed to assist in rehabilitation of the dog. All exercises left for the owner to carry out will be clearly explained and demonstrated.
The first appointment will take between 60 and 90 minutes and costs £35.
Follow up treatments are necessary in order to check progress, address any remaining muscular imbalances and to adjust exercises if these have been left with the owner to carry out.
It usually takes more than one treatment to address the initial problem. Depending on the issue and its severity it may take up to 6 treatments to resolve the initial problem.
If the dog is considered to require veterinary attention / further diagnosis then the case will be referred back to your veterinary surgeon before further treatment is given.
Once a baseline has been reached it is a good idea to have check-ups at least every 6 months. This ensures that any weaknesses or underlying issues can be picked up before they become a problem and begin to cause pain.
Subsequent treatment will follow the same format as the initial appointment, will last between 30 and 60 minutes and cost £35.
By booking an appointment you agree to the terms and conditions detailed here – KK Vet Physio T&C’s