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Physiotherapy is the use of manual therapies, massage, prescriptive exercise and other therapies, alongside education and lifestyle changes. It is used in the treatment of patients with injury, mobility issues, functional disorders, chronic and acute disease.
Physiotherapy can act as a preventative treatment as well as a reparative one!
The aim of physiotherapy is to reestablish normal movement, strengthen and build muscle, and improve ability.
Physiotherapy can be used in rehabilitation of surgical cases but also for the treatment of chronic old age related conditions. We treat patients of all ages and capabilities with the main goal being, maintaining health and improving quality of life for you and your pet.
At all paws we have many "tools in our box" to help us treat your friend, as part of our physiotherapy treatment.
Phototherapy is provided via SLD’s (super luminescent diodes). I currently us the Photizo Vet Care unit.
Phototherapy uses red light to penetrate into the tissues,
"Photizo Light Therapy harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light at specific wavelengths & frequencies proven to be effective in accelerating natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain. Cells that are injured can actually be rejuvenated by light.
Light therapy has broad treatment applications. Using these devices, wounds and other injuries can heal faster and chronic conditions can be managed without the over use of pain and anti-inflammatory medications within a few treatments."
Reference from Photizo.
Transcutaneous electrical nerves stimulation or TENS.
A Tens machine is used to relieve pain. It is more commonly used to treat chronic pain in animals.
It encourages the release of naturally occurring peptides within the body; these exert an opioid like effect on the pain receptors by interacting with the opiate receptors within the cell membrane.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation or NEMS.
Muscle stim is used to treat muscle atrophy (wastage); there are many possible causes of atrophy, neurological trauma, wounds or disuse atrophy from recumbency, cage rest, and splinting or external fixation.
A NMES unit uses electrical impulses via a pad (similar to the tense machine) to ‘artificially activate’ muscle fibers. The impulses stimulate and then activate the nerve in that region. This causes the muscle to contract and relax, this will encourage muscle strengthening and building and improve muscle mass and tone.
The best way to improve muscle strength and mass is to combine it with exercise and/or a physiotherapy program.
This then encourages muscle building and strengthening.
Remedial exercises use prescriptive exercise methods to target specific areas in your pets rehabilitation. They are tailored to your pets ability and stage of recovery.
They can be used to strengthen and build muscle, improve joint mobility which will in turn strengthen and improve their ability to move, this will increase their confidence in their own ability.
It will help improve performance in working and sporting dogs and help aid and hasten the recovery of pets following surgery. Even with elderly animals, treatment will help to improve their quality of life.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy or PEMT.
PEMT is the generation of a low level electromagnetic field that optimizes the bodies ability to repair and re-establish the normal current/cellular voltage. PEMT can be used to treat a wide range of conditions.
Massage relieves stress and anxiety, the release of endorphins will help to improve the animals mood and also improve the bonds between therapist and patient.
It releases tension and strain within the tissue, helps to break down scar tissue and adhesion, this will aid in the reduction of pain and discomfort, improves normal tissue tone which then allows for better function.
Making the soft tissues more pliable allows an improvement in joint ROM and by providing movement, encourages joint health and an increase in joint lubrication.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for housing many neural receptors, as a result when massage is performed the stimulation causes changes in the body as a response to touch.
Massage helps to encourage lymphatic drainage, improved circulation, this allows for increasing oxygen supply to the tissues.