Veterinary physiotherapy is now well established as a mainstream complementary treatment.
We offer physiotherapy consultations and treatments in clinic and home visits as part of our multimodal approach to treating your canine companion.
Our veterinary physiotherapist is Josie McKnight, Owner of Physiopet
Veterinary physiotherapy is a science-based profession, which takes a holistic approach to each patient by providing functional assessment following veterinary referral. Physiotherapy for dogs can be used to help in the treatment or long-term management of many musculoskeletal or neurological injuries and conditions.
It can assist rehabilitation of your dog, with the aims of reducing pain, improving movement, and restoring normal muscle control and function.
A combination of the following approaches in order to help with any problems identified:
- Manual therapies: these include a wide variety of different massage and soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisations or manipulations, myofascial release, stretches etc.
- Electrotherapies: the use of therapeutic machines such as ultrasound, laser, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, H-wave, TENS, interferential, microcurrent, and electrical muscle stimulation.
- Remedial exercise programmes: individual exercise programmes are utilised to help to encourage correct movement patterns and improve muscle strength, endurance, suppleness, proprioception (the animal’s awareness of where it’s limbs and body are in space), balance and stability as may be required.
- Acupuncture: may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine.
Josie qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1999 from Glasgow University and has developed her interest in pain management using acupuncture widely and successfully to treat chronic and acute pain for many years. Her interest in this field led into Veterinary Physiotherapy and she completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2011 at Harper Adams University.
Josie is a member of the ABVA (Association of British Veterinary Acupuncture), ASSVAP (Association for the Scientific Study of Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapy) and the BVA (British Veterinary Association)
Soft Tissue Mobilisations
Tigger Point Release & Massage
Remedial Exercise Programs incorporating both active and passive exercise
Provision of specialist knowledge to pet owner and re-education
Follow up Consultation
Low Level Laser Therapy
Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy
Strapping / Joint Support
Cryotherapy & Heat Therapy