What are the benefits of Canine Physiotherapy?

Dogs of all ages and disciplines, from pet to agility, can benefit from physiotherapy. The purpose is to restore mobility and performance and maintain it. Naturally being predators dogs will try to hide pain, which is weakness in the animal kingdom. Like people dogs can compensate for pain by moving in a different pattern, meaning conditions can go unnoticed for extended periods of time. By assessing the dog as a whole and then focusing on all affected areas we can build a detailed picture and use Physiotherapy to treat the dysfunction.

Physiotherapy uses a range of treatment tools in conjunction with exercise therapy. Physiotherapy can be used post acute injury and for on going management throughout an animals life.

Please note, at Polgreen Physiotherapy we now focus on general physiotherapy conditions and older dogs for comfort and management. For physiotherapists covering more complex cases please search ‘find a physio’ on the RAMP page to find your local canine physio.

Physiotherapy Benefits

  • Improved performance
  • Optimised healing times
  • Improved strength, movement and flexibility
  • Pain relief
  • Improved quality of life
  • Joint and soft tissue care

Canine Conditions

We treat a wide range of canine conditions including:

Subtle lameness
Movement pattern dysfunction
Behaviour changes
Difficulty playing/jumping or moving
Joint restriction/pathology
Soft tissue injuries
Muscle imbalances/weakness

Canine Treatments

We use a variety of treatments including:

Joint mobilisations and manipulations
Soft tissue mobilisations
Myofascial Release
NMES (muscle stim)
Tailored exercise therapy
Gait and muscle pattern re-education

Understanding the Injury and Assessment

Make Contact

Once you have made contact with us we will ask for a few details to get started. We can then work out your availability and book an initial appointment. We will contact your veterinarian to gain permission to see your animal. This is a legal requirement as part of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and applies to all therapists of any background who wishes to treat your dog.

Initial Appointment

On the appointment day the initial assessment takes approximately an hour depending on each individual. We will assess your dog statically and dynamically, moving in walk, trot in straight line and circles. Once this is completed we will then palpate and assess your dogs soft tissues and joints.

Understanding the Injury

At this point we will have a better understanding of the injury or problems and be able to discuss with you the way forward. We will always discuss the findings with you to ensure you have a full understanding of your dogs problems and help to answer any questions you may have. During the initially assessment there is usually time to start the treatment and rehabilitation programme and your physiotherapist may give you some exercises to start.

Working Together for Best Results

Depending on each individual sometimes to ensure the best outcome for your dog other members of your team might need to be involved, this may be your vet, for pain relief, behavouralist/trainer. We believe working as a team helps to ensure your dog receives the best care and treatments.

Follow Up Sessions

Follow-up sessions are usually approximately an hour depending on each individual and involve a quick assessment of your dog statically and dynamically to review the progress. The remainder of the session will then be treatment. The amount of follow-up sessions will depend on your dogs injury or problems and how they respond to treatment. This will be discussed with you throughout the treatments.

Multiple Dogs

Discounts are available for multiple animals seen at one destination. We are happy to see a combination of horses and dogs in one visit.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel an appointment please let us know as soon as possible. If there’s less than 24 hours notice a 100% charge will be applicable. Please contact your physiotherapist directly as soon as possible.

Interested in our physiotherapy services and want to know how we can help you? Get in touch!