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We offer a variety of physiotherapy treatment techniques for cats & dogs

Physiotherapy carries many benefits, primarily it aims to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore function.

Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques and Plans

We offer a variety of treatment techniques including manual therapy, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, and remedial exercise along with prescription of a home exercise programme to be performed between sessions.

After a thorough physiotherapeutic assessment of the patient’s musculoskeletal system, the team formulate a rehabilitation plan of what treatments will be beneficial for the patient, what frequency they will need to be performed at and what exercises can be performed at home between sessions. During each session, the patient will be re-assessed, and the plan altered accordingly.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves the manipulation of tissue to improve function and involves massage, joint mobilisations and stretches. Massage is applied to soft tissues to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, provide pain relief, and improve extensibility. Joint mobilisations involve the movement of the joint through its functional plane of motion to lubricate the joint and improve or maintain range of motion. Stretching is generally performed after massage or exercise and involves extending the joint to the end of its range of motion and maintaining this for 15-30 seconds to elongate soft tissue.


Electrotherapy is the application of an energy source (electrical, light, sound or magnetic) to the tissue to improve function. Laser therapy is used for reducing inflammation, accelerating healing, andproviding pain relief. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a device also used in people for providing pain relief. NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) is used to promote muscle fibre recruitment.

Remedial Exercise

Remedial exercise is essential for improving strength and coordination, gait re-education, improving active joint range of motion and improving fitness. The team have various balance and strengtheningequipment to target specific muscle groups and challenge them in different ways.

Pet owners will be provided with exercises to do with their pet between sessions and these will be tailored specifically towards the needs of their dog. Our physiotherapists are also trained in hydrotherapy and can provide both physiotherapy and hydrotherapy in a combined treatment programme.

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