Canine Physiotherapy and how it may benefit your dog.

Natalie Fizio owns and runs Hilltop Veterinary Physiotherapy, in Silsden, West Yorkshire.  She has provided us with useful information on canine physiotherapy and it's benefits.  Many dog owners are realising the benefits of dog  physiotherapy for musculoskeletal, neurological and age related changes in their dog

Working & Sporting Dogs

These dogs are athletes and need to be managed as such. Only by being in the best possible physical condition will they achieve their maximum performances and potential. 
 

Pre- and Post- operative Rehabilitation

If a surgical intervention is planned, for example cranial cruciate repair, “pre-hab” can enhance recovery, reduce the risk of complications and reduce recovery time, post-operatively.
Post-operative physiotherapy can aid return to “normal”, help with pain management and find ways to stimulate a demotivated dog. 
 

Injured Dogs

Unfortunately, as with humans, injuries can occur, for example following road traffic accidents or strains during exercise. Physiotherapy can help reduce pain, enhance healing, restore movement and aid return to function. 
 

Congenital Conditions

These conditions, including elbow and hip dysplasia, can reduce your dog’s quality of life. A Chartered Physiotherapist can provide advice on management strategies and pain control whilst providing exercises to maintain available function and facilitate improvement where possible.
 

Neurological Dogs

Whether a surgical or conservative treatment approach has been taken, dogs with neurological complications require physiotherapy, including passive range of movement exercises and stretches, to limit deficit and reduce side-effects. Gait re-education and exercise programmes can reduce pain and improve movement capabilities. Sensory stimuli can be applied to reawaken neural pathways and aid in proprioceptive training. 
 

Family Pet

Changes in your dog’s behaviour or function, such as reluctance to play, or reduced ability to climb stairs or jump in the car, can indicate that he is in pain or experiencing restrictions somewhere. Assessment by a physiotherapist ensures that your dog is in the best possible health.
 

Treatments include:

Soft tissue work – massage, myofascial and trigger point release, stretches, strengthening
Joint mobilisation techniques
Electrotherapy
Gait re-education
Proprioception
 
http://www.hilltopvetphysio.co.uk 
Telephone - 07917 152928
Fax - 01535 654484