Physiotherapists use a variety of treatment techniques to achieve the desired results.  These may be used in isolation, or more often in combination.  Physiotherapy includes the use of modern therapeutic modalities, as well as the skilled use of the therapist’s hands.

Stretches (Horse)               Dog doing Exercises               Horse having Ultrasound

Examples of treatment techniques are:

  • Manual techniques (including massage, acupressure, trigger point deactivation, myofascial release)
  • Joint mobilization
  • Stretching
  • Active exercises
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Electrotherapies (including ultrasound, laser/phototherapy, neuromuscular stimulation, TENS, electromagnetic field therapy, cryotherapy (cold), thermotherapy (heat))
  • Advice and education (e.g. about the condition, treatment, exercise, environment, preventing occurrence)
Dog having Magnetic Field Therapy               Tail Stretches (horse)               Magnetic Field Therapy (horse)

Physiotherapists also work closely with other professionals who may need to be involved in your animal’s treatment.  These may include the vet and veterinary nurses, saddler, farrier, equine dentist, behaviorist, trainers, nutritionists, riding instructors, etc.  As in human medicine, a multi-disciplinary approach to a patients care often achieves the most successful outcome.