WHAT IS VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Physiotherapy is a well established scientific based profession with an excellent reputation for evidence-based practice.
More and more people opt for treatment where they can see progressive results, professional teamwork and high levels of care and expertise. Although the clinical signs present in animals with musculoskeletal problems may improve over time, a well-designed physiotherapy rehabilitation program can accelerate the recovery, prevent permanent disability and help to prevent future re-injury.
Animal Physiotherapy Goals:
• Restore, maintain and promote optimal function
• Optimize fitness and performance
• Improve quality of life
• Relieve, recover, prevent and educate
We specialize in enhancing performance pre- and post competition, regular maintenance throughout the season and rehabilitation following injury, in both horses and dogs. Treatment includes pre- and post surgical cases, conservative management and maintenance of older patients.
Clinic with stabling and kennelling possibilities at Equine-Librium in Plettenberg Bay. Mobile equine and canine clinic visiting stables and homes.
While specializing in dogs and horses, we also treat other animals eg, cats, rabbits and wild animals.
Congenital disease, Sports injuries, Gait abnormalities – show dogs, Trauma, Puppy screening, Performance problems, Working dogs, Degenerative diseases, Maintenance of elderly dogs, Weight loss programs, Strengthening, Orthopaedic conditions.
Hip & elbow surgeries, Cruciate surgery, Fractures, Hip/Elbow dysplasia, Patella luxation, Multiple Joint Pathology, Soft tissue injuries.
Spinal cord injuries, Degenerative back disease, “Slipped disc”, Post spinal surgery, Peripheral neuropathies.
Post surgical, Compensatory Problems, Navicular, Degenerative joint disease, Hock spavin, Arthritis/ geriatric patient, Sports injuries, Pre-screening for problems, Pre-competition – flexibility for performance, Post competition – enhance tissue recovery & flexibility.
All disciplines, Lack of suppleness, Inability to maintain good outline, Temperament change, Inconsistency, Poor propulsion, Stiffness, Soft tissue injuries, Wound healing, Muscle re-education, Pain relief, Improve function, Rehabilitation.
TREATMENT INTERVENTION CAN INCLUDE
Manual Therapy, SSTM- Massage, Stretching, PROM (Passive Range of Motion), Joint mobilization, Neuromuscular techniques, Myofascial release, Trigger point therapy, Therapeutic exercises, Electrotherapy modalities – • Faradic • Laser • NMES – Muscle stimulation • TENS • Ultrasound • Thermal modalities, Hydrotherapy, Equine Spa, Equine solarium.