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About Veterinary Physiotherapy

What is veterinary physiotherapy?

This is a science-lead practice which focuses on optimising and restoring animal's musculoskeletal and neurological health. Once assessed, targeted application of clinically justified manual therapies, electrotherapies and remedial exercises enhance tissue function and accelerate recovery rates. 


Veterinary physiotherapeutic intervention increases overall health and performance by relieving areas of pain and discomfort, leading to improved recovery rates, stride length and range of motion. 

Veterinary Physiotherapy also:

  • Releases impinged nerves and muscular spasms. 

  • Increases blood flow

  • Aids the removal of toxins via accelerated lymph drainage

  • Decreases periarticular fibrosis 

  • Increases the flexion of tissues 

  • Prevents contracture

  • Reduces psychological stress

  • Increases joint health 

Advantageous for equine conditions such as:
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  • Osteoarthritis

  • Laminitis

  • Sacroiliac dysfunction 

  • Overriding dorsal spinous processes (Kissing Spines)

  • Navicular syndrome 

  • Upward fixation patella

  • Fractures

  • Wounds

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • Muscle tears

  • Hock arthrodesis

  • Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD)

  • Meniscal injury

  • Polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM)

  • Neurological conditions:
  • Suprascapular neuropathy (Sweeney) 
  • Cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy (CVSM/ Wobblers)
  • Shivers 
  • Stringhalt
Advantageous for canine conditions such as:
  • Osteoarthritis

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Bicipital tenosynovitis

  • Cranial cruciate ligament ruptures

  • Luxating patella

  • Fibrotic myopathy

  • Medial shoulder instability

  • Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD)

  • Meniscal injury

  • Ununited anconeal process

  • Fragmented coronoid process

  • Fractures

  • Wounds

  • Muscle tears

  • Tendon and Ligament injuries

  • Neurological conditions:
  • Lumbosacral disease
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy (CVSM/ Wobblers)
  • Spondylosis
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism

Veterinary Consent

Please note that as per the Veterinary Surgeons Exemptions Order 2015, physiotherapeutic treatment of a pre-existing condition requires consent from a veterinary surgeon. If your animal has an existing pathology, please fill in the consent form via the link below and I will pass it on to your veterinarian to receive written approval. This does not come at any cost or reassessment and allows me to carry out optimal treatment techniques for your animal.


Under new regulations (RCVS, Section 19.24, November 2020), physiotherapy for the purpose of maintenance in healthy animals does not require consent by a veterinary surgeon. Please contact me if you have any queries regarding this.


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