What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?
The purpose of veterinary physiotherapy is to restore, maintain and improve function and movement in the large and small animal patient.
Veterinary physiotherapy is not a single therapy but an umbrella term covering a wide range of therapies including electrotherapies, massage, manipulation, hot/cold therapy, stretches and hydrotherapy.
It differs from osteopathy and chiropractic in that both these therapies concentrate on adjusting what are believed to be skeletal misalignments caused by muscle spasm. The Veterinary Physiotherapist will assess the patient and then work to remove the cause of the problem rather than just treat the symptoms.
When an animal is in pain it may adjust its movement patterns to compensate and thus the problem may manifest itself in a completely different area from where the pain originates.
Some of the uses of Veterinary Physiotherapy are to:
What is a Veterinary Physiotherapist?
Veterinary Physiotherapy is an established, independent profession that works closely with the veterinary profession to provide a service that is beyond the remit of the Veterinary Surgeon. Veterinary Physiotherapists do not diagnose but always work with a referral from the client’s Veterinary Surgeon. At present the title “Veterinary Physiotherapist” is not a protected term so anyone may style themselves as a Veterinary Physiotherapist. Therefore you should always ensure that the therapist you choose has a recognised qualification and the necessary insurance.
What Can I Expect from a Veterinary Physiotherapy Treatment?
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