Treatment

 

Prior to my visit I will request that you fill out and send me a veterinary permission form. This way I can ensure I have permission from your vet to treat your animal and will be aware of any current medical conditions or injuries. Please click            for the permission form.

 

Veterinary permission is required prior to treatment as part of The Veterinary Surgery (Exemption) Order 1962, which states "all physiotherapy treatment undertaken must be under veterinary referral". 

 

Upon arriving to your yard/ home I will give your animal a full assesment. This will involve watching your animal moving and asessing muscle tone and function and the range of movement through the joints. From this I will then be able to tailor treatment to suit your individual animals needs. An initial treatment can take up to 11/hours.

 

During treatment I will use a range of different techniques depending on the issues I am faced with. These include:

Massage

Massage is the manipulation and mobilisation of the soft tissues of the body. Massage has many benefits whether you be big or small, young or old.

 

The effects of massage are-

  • Pain relief

  • Relaxation

  • Relieve muscle spasm

  • Increase circulation to aid in healing and removal of toxins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phototherapy

 

Phototherapy uses different light waves to effect the cells of the body.

 

Red light phototherapy uses infra-red light waves and is a very useful tool to calm the animal and relaxes muscles prior to massage. It has also been found to aid in wound healing as it enhances epithelial growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue light phototherapy uses ultraviolet light wavesand can help prevent infection in wounds due to its antibacterial action. It can also help with skin conditions such as mudfever, granular licks and rain scald.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEMF therapy

 

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy uses magnetic fields at different frequenices to treat a variety of conditions. It can aid in reducinig pain and inflammation, repairing ligaments and healinig bone fractures. 

 

Conditions it is often used to treat include-

  • Arthritis and joint conditions

  • Muscle spasm

  • Fractures

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

 

 

 

Ultrasound therapy

 

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to treat musculoskeletal injuries. It works deeper than most other pieces of equipment with up to 5cm depth of penetration.

 

Ultrasound is mainly used to treat-

  • Pain relief

  • Reducing muscle spasm and breaking down adhesions

  • Skeletal muscle, tendon and ligament damage

  • Reduce oedema and inflammation

  • softening scar tissue

  • contracted tendons

  • Increasing elasticity of muscles before stretching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrostimulation

 

Electrostimulation uses electrodes to transfer electrical charges through the body to stimulate muscle contraction. This is useful for treating muscular disuse/ atrophy through re-education of muscular function, recovery from nerve damage and maintaining muscle post surgery.

 

 

 

Kinesio taping

 

Kinesio taping has a wide range of uses from rehabilitation, pain relief, to training. Kinesio taping affects the sensorimotor system to reduce pain and restore proper muscular activation patterns.  The unique elasticity of the tape works with the elasticity of skin and allows full range of motion while still providing support to tissues.

 

The uses of kinesio taping include-

  • muscle re-education

  • Reduce swelling and inflammation

  • Increase proprioception

  • Support ligaments, tendons and joints

Laura Baines BSc (Hons), Dip A Phys, MIAAT, RAMP

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