Animals have the same muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage etc as humans do and hence animals suffer from many of the same complaints as us! Similarly, physio can benefit your animals in the exact same way that physio can benefit you. Through a range of treatments including massage, stretching, joint mobilization and specific exercises, physiotherapy can be beneficial for any animal with pain, stiffness, after injury, pre and/or post-surgery, animals with age related diseases (such as arthritis) and much more.
Animal physio’s work closely with your vet and have to be qualified human physio’s before they can start working with animals and pets
WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is being used all over the body, for the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal pain and disorders, on both animals and humans. A shockwave is a very high energy sonic pulse (much like that of a jet breaking the sound barrier); ie there is no electricity that leaves the handpiece, it is only a pressure wave! Extracorporeal means the shockwaves are generated outside the body, making the treatment non-invasive and extremely safe with virtually no side effects or risks involved.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Shockwaves stimulates the body’s natural healing response; they simulate trauma without doing trauma to kick start the body into healing. Shockwave seem to have a healing effect on many different cells in the body, for example shockwaves:
There is an abundance of research studies and clinical evidence behind the use of shockwave with more being published all the time. As a result, the list of indications for shockwave is constantly growing, and some examples of these are:
Indications for HORSES
Indications for SMALL ANIMALS, especially dogs
ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS
Dry needling is the insertion of acupuncture needles into trigger points or ‘knots’ in the muscles. Trigger points can develop as a response to trauma, repetitive work, too much work or fatigue, arthritis, immobilization and much more.
Benefits of dry needling include:
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a low voltage electrical current that is used for pain relief. The electrical current stimulates the sensory (pain sensing) nerves in the area being treated to block the pain-gate, ie confuses and reduces the pain messages being sent to the brain and hence reducing the amount of pain being felt in the area.
If a different frequency electrical waveform is used then we can elicit a muscle contraction via an EMS machine (Electrical Muscle Stimulation). This can be most helpful when trying to strengthen weak and/or atrophied muscles which occurs commonly in the case of post-surgery, neurological conditions and muscle imbalances.