How do I know if my horse needs physiotherapy?

You may have noticed some of the following signs which may indicate your horse would benefit from physiotherapy.  

  • Change in behaviour

  • Bucking/rearing 

  • Muscle wastage

  • Toe drag 

  • Poor performance

  • Under-tracking

  • Reluctance to turn/back up 

  • Reluctance to being tacked up 

  • Difficulty getting up 

  • Refusing to jump

  • High head carriage/hollowed back 

  • Dishing/plaiting

Horses respond incredibly well to physiotherapy, improving performance and aiding in rehabilitation post-injury. 

The following is a list of conditions/circumstances which can be aided by physiotherapy:

  • Tendinopathy 

  • Desmitis

  • Kissing spines 

  • Upward fixating patella 

  • Oedema

  • Hypertrophy/Atrophy

  • Hypertonicity/Hypotonicity

  • Before competition/races

Physiotherapy can be used for a number of reasons - 

Performance: help your animal become more supple and reduce their risk of injury during exercise and competition. Is your dog an athlete? Competing in agility/races/dog shows? Whatever your pet needs to improve their performance when it really matters can be provided by Lynsey here at Vetannery Physiotherapy. 

Fitness: maybe your pet needs to lose some weight, or just a little help so that they can enjoy their later years more comfortably. 

Recovery: if your pet has been injured or undergone surgery, physiotherapy can help your animal return to fighting fit with the use of electrotherapies and rehabilitative exercises. 

How do I know if my dog needs physiotherapy? 

You may have noticed some of the following signs that your dog/cat may benefit from physiotherapy:

  • Changes in behaviour

  • Reluctance to turn 

  • Difficulty in lying down/getting back up 

  • Hollow back/roached back

  • Poor performance during competition 

  • Licking of joints (constant)

  • Muscle wastage 

  • Difficulty climbing stairs/furniture/getting into cars

Please note that Veterinary Physiotherapy is not a replacement for Veterinary Medical treatment by your Vet. Also, no treatment can be administered by a Veterinary Physiotherapist without permission by your Vet.