Types of Veterinary Physiotherapy

A little more about the therapies we practice.

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Manual Therapies

  • Massage

  • Myofascial Release

  • Trigger Point Release

  • Soft Tissue Mobilisation

  • Range of Motion

  • Stretches

  • Kineso Taping

 
Kineso Taping

Harriet is fully qualified and certified to use Kineso Tape. Kineso Taping continues the therapeutic benefits of physiotherapy, long after the physio session has finished. It optimizes the function of many different tissues and physiological systems.

 

It's used to treat acute and chronic pain, lymphatic conditions, ligament and tendon injuries as well as neurological conditions and provides huge proprioceptive benefits!

Depending on the way the tape is used, it can active and inactive certain muscles which is great for horses who are over working certain muscles or have underdeveloped muscles.

 

P.S. The colours are just fun.

 

Electrotherapies

All electrotherapies used in the treatment program have been thoroughly researched in multiple journals proving their efficacy in multiple species. This assured knowledge allows for confidence in the machines used, along with safe practice as contradictions are known.

  • Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy

Pulsed magnetic field therapy or PMFT uses magnetic with an electric current pulsed through it. It works by restoring the damaged cells potential, enhancing the body’s own repair process. PMFT is very effective at reducing inflammation, muscle spasms, fracture repair and nerve regeneration and it is especially good at pain control. 

  • Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound is the application of sound waves to an area, causing micro massages to the tissues increasing blood circulation to the area. This circulation brings with it collagen used to repair damaged cells. By using the ultrasound, it reduces scar tissue, by orientating the newly formed collagen fibre the correct way.

This is a great machine for helping to heal muscle, tendons and ligament tears and strains, such as Iliopsoas strains in dogs and tendon injuries in horses. 

  • LASER

Laser phototherapy stimulates and affect underlying tissues and does not affect healthy tissue. It uses three different types of 3B diodes emitting high intensity light of either, Blue, Visible Red and Infrared. The energy transferred from the light is absorbed by the cell within the target tissue, altering the chemical structure within the cell.

 

Each laser has different uses and different depths of penetration. The blue light laser is very good at treating infections or dirty wounds, there have even been a few studies which show that it can be beneficial to use on mud fever and rainscald in horses. The visible red light laser can be used to help close open wounds and provide treatment to surface and deep injuries. The infrared phototherapy has the deepest penetration into muscles, joints and tendons.

 

Exercise Prescription

  • Proprioceptive Enhancement

  • Pole Work

  • Balance Exercise

  • Active Range of Movement

  • Stretches