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CANINE PHYSIOTHERAPY

NP Vet Physio believes that every dog has different lifestyles, environments and personalities and as such should be treated as an individual, whether they are competitive / working dogs, a trusty pet in need of some attention or recovering from injury / surgery.

Common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy treatment include but are not limited to:

- Back problems

- Behaviour changes

- Cruciate strains / ruptures

- Degenerative Myelopathy

- Dysplasia (hip, elbow)

- Fractures 

- Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)

- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

- Ligament sprains

- Low grade lameness

- Luxating patella

- Muscle asymmetries

- Muscle strains and tension

- Neurological (nerve) conditions

- Obesity

- Osteoarthritis 

- Pain

- Post surgery rehabilitation

- Scar tissue

- Spondylosis

- Stiffness

- Tendon injuries

If your dog has another condition or you think that they would benefit from physiotherapy please get in touch to discuss this.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR APPOINTMENT

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ASSESSMENT

You will be asked lots of questions about your dog's day-to-day activities, living arrangements and medical history. A full gait and functional movement (e.g. sit-to-stand) analysis will also be performed on your dog, alongside a palpation and range of motion assessment to determine how your dog moves and what they feel like. 

Findings from these assessments will be used alongside clinical reasoning to create and prioritise treatment plans.

Slow motion video recording is used to help establish any gait abnormalities and these files will be retained on record for future comparisons.

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TREATMENT

Your dog's treatment will depend on what is identified during assessment, by asking questions and how your dog responds throughout the session. Treatments may therefore vary across time as well as between animals but may include:

- Manual therapies such as massage, mobilisations, myofascial / trigger point release, rhythmic stabilisations, proprioceptive work and stretching

- Electrotherapies, including laser (phototherapy), therapeutic ultrasound, pulsed magnetic field therapy (PMFT) and heat (thermotherapy)

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REASSESSMENT

NP Vet Physio will reassess various measures, for example by asking to see your dog perform particular movements again.


Reassessment helps inform how your dog has responded to treatment and therefore helps to determine appropriate plans of action and timelines for seeing your dog again.

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EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION AND ADVICE

NP Vet Physio benefits from a subscription to the "Conditioning Your Canine" software. Each animal will be given individual exercise plans tailored to their requirements and manageable for you. Owners can be provided with hard copies or electronic versions of their bespoke exercise prescription plans and exercises will be demonstrated to you to ensure you are happy and comfortable with them.

 

Exercise prescription will help prolong treatment benefits and optimise your animal's recovery during rehabilitation in addition to promoting suppleness, appropriate muscle tone, core strength, proprioception, joint health and improved performance.

Additionally, each animal's home environment will be assessed and advice given to optimise their daily routine where appropriate and feasible. Small management changes can make a huge difference to animals' progress and wellbeing and are often extremely simple to implement.

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