Before any treatment can commence, your Vet Physio will undertake a full assessment of your Horse or Dog. Your Vet Physio may ask questions relating to historical issues, medication and normal habits to get a true understanding of your animals needs.

A Gait assessment will be carried out to assess your dog's movement followed by hands on palpation to assess muscle tone, plus a Range of motion assessment of joints.

 Please note: A referral form will need to be completed by your Veterinarian before the first appointment, in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.

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Physiotherapy is supplied through a number of techniques that assist and encourage natural healing mechanisms and improve quality of life. Every consultation contains a thorough assessment of gait, demeanour and physical condition after taking a thorough history of your animal.  
Every animal is an individual, and so each treatment session is unique and tailored accordingly.

All treatments are aimed at optimising the body's potential for healing by:

Restoring, maintaining or improving function.

Maintaining or improving joint mobility.

Muscle mass maintenance or improvement.

Providing an alternative to traditional methods of pain control.

Reducing the natural inflammatory responses.

Stimulate nerve regeneration.


​Rehabilitation programmes can be developed in the form of exercise prescription, which can be carried out in between sessions. This allows you to work towards returning the animal to normal function or create an improvement in quality of life after each treatment session


Manual Therapy combines a number of physiotherapy techniques. Primarily, a hands on approach, manual therapy includes manipulation, mobilisation and massage of tissue and joints. 

Common methods used are:


Myofascial Release

Range of Motion

Joint Manipulation & Mobilisation

Soft Tissue Mobilisation

Trigger Point Release




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manual therapy


Laser Therapy or (photo-therapy) is the use of infra-red radiation into inflamed or damaged tissues to accelerate the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is often used for musculoskeletal issues such as arthritis, but the benefits of laser have been suggested for a range of conditions.

Common conditions that benefit from Laser Therapy:

Chronic Arthritis

Surgical Incisions

Tendon & Ligament Injuries

Traumatic Injuries

Animals with Liver disease who cannot take medications

Older animals with diminished organ function

During a treatment, the hand held laser wand is slowly moved over the damaged tissue, producing a warm, pleasant sensation that most animals enjoy and find relaxing.


Laser Therapy


Ultrasound Therapy provides deep heat of the soft tissue including muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. It is commonly used to increase circulation, mobilise the tissue and reduce inflammation. Promoting pain reduction, wound healing, increased range of motion and decrease in scar tissue.

Common conditions that benefit from Ultrasound Therapy:

Tendon Injuries

Ligament Injuries

Scar Tissue Problems

Preventing post operative scar tissue

Acute swelling

Muscle Injuries

Slow healing wounds

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therapeutic ultrasound Therapy


Pulse Magnetic Field Therapy or (PEMF Therapy) uses bursts of low level electro-magnetical radiation to heal damaged tissue. It can be used to treat injuries, Musculoskeletal pain and chronic pain from long term conditions. It can also reduce stress and promote a calmed behaviour.

Common conditions that benefit from PEMF Therapy:


Degenerative joint disease

Hip dysplasia

Vertebral Disease

Lameness caused by other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions

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field therapy


The fun doesn't have to stop once your Vet Physio has completed a treatment. They will advise you about 'at home exercises' that can be done between treatments in order to get the best results & best quality of life for your Horse or Dog.

Don't panic! Your Vet Physio will educate you fully, on how to undertake any exercise prescription and answer any questions you may have. You will be left feeling confident and fully knowledgeable about what you are doing.

Don't forget, your Vet Physio is always there to help and we love to hear how you and your four legged friend are getting on!

Common Exercise prescription may include:


Walking Exercises

Use of stairs or areas around the house

Schooling exercises

Further referral

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Exercise prescription



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