Physiotherapy for pets
The physiotherapy service has an experienced team of veterinary physiotherapists, which is led by Laura Allmark, along with Jess Seeley and Charley Belachsen. Our qualified Veterinary Physiotherapists are movement and exercise specialists, with an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and physiology. Their expertise enables them to assess and treat injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
They offer a progressively dynamic, patient-centred service and are movement and exercise specialists, with an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and physiology. Their experience enables them to assess and treat injuries and diseases associated with muscles and joints.
Working closely with the clinical specialist teams our veterinary physiotherapists ensure your pet receives the care they need when they need it. Physiotherapy helps to enable the muscles and joints to move correctly and builds the correct muscles to keep it that way! This is achieved using a combination of manual techniques, electrotherapy and movement and exercise therapies.
Treatment aims to prevent problems occurring/reoccurring, promote good health and mobility and assist in effective and rapid recovery after surgery or injury.
Veterinary physiotherapy is a science-based profession, which takes a holistic approach to each patient by providing functional assessment following veterinary referral.
Physiotherapy for animals can be used alongside veterinary care to help in the treatment or long-term management of many musculoskeletal or neurological injuries and conditions.
It can assist rehabilitation of the animal, with the aims of reducing pain, improving movement, and restoring normal muscle control and function.
Physiotherapy can also be used for performance development of the animal athlete, helping to try to minimise the risk of injury whilst maximising the performance of competitive or working animals.
The Physiotherapy service welcomes direct referrals from primary care vets without the need for your clients to see one of our clinical specialties first.
We invite you to refer cases for assistance in managing mild hip or elbow dysplasia, soft tissue injuries or osteoarthritis. We are also able to offer outpatient appointments in conjunction with the Pain Clinic or acupuncture sessions which is often invaluable in bringing about the best outcome for your patients.
Physiotherapy treatment is an adjunct to veterinary treatment, not a substitute.
A consultation is typically an hour long which gives us and your client time to discuss the condition, their concerns, outcome measures and a further understanding of the challenges of managing the condition from the owner’s perspective.
This in turn develops a positive professional relationship with both the client and the pet leading to a positive outcome despite the limitations presented following diagnosis of their pet’s condition. Clinical reasoning and informed interpretation are the required basis for any intervention.
Our approach to each case is entirely on an individual basis, with a thorough history taking and examination guiding the choice of an optimal individual treatment plan. Nothing is ever prescriptive but instead based around constant assessment and reassessment of the presenting issues and always taking into full account each animal's unique presenting circumstances, management, and behaviour.
If you feel your client would benefit from physiotherapy treatment, please fill in a referral form or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Treatments we offer:
- Manual therapies – e.g. massage, stretching etc.
- Rehabilitation Exercises
- Electrotherapies – TENS, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Laser, Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF)
- Management Advice