Lisa is able to provide a wide range of treatments, she keeps herself up to date with treatment options and is continuously improving her skills. It is common to combine a range of treatments and therapies into each treatment session to ensure that the patient gains as much benefit as possible. In cases where treatment is required on a daily basis equipment can be rented out to the client to ensure that treatment is provided in a cost effective manner.
All treatments are covered by most pet insurance policies. Please contact your insurance company and ask if your policy includes physiotherapy if you are unsure
- Pain management
- Calm and relax animals
- Assist with the control of edema
- Maintain and increase range of motion of soft tissues
- Prepare the muscles for therapeutic exercise
Most dogs tolerate and enjoy this type of therapy. Benefits of massage therapy include: endorphin release, increase circulation and excretion of metabolic wastes and toxins, tension relief, increased range of motion and flexibility and improved balance and co-ordination.
Low Level Laser Therapy
- Joint, soft tissue, ligament and tendon injury
- Where the encouragement of the ideal healing environment will benefit the patient
- Pain control
Laser therapy is indicated to aid first and second intention wound healing, to help prevent or treat topical infections, to encourage the release of endorphins in the body which can aid nervous animals and increase pain tolerance. Its goal is to create an ideal healing environment in the body to allow collagen and other fibrous materials to collect, form and realign for strength
Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy
Therapeutic Ultrasound is indicated for:
- Soft tissue, tendon and ligament injuries
- Chronic connective tissue and joint dysfunction
- Sore, tight and painful muscles
- Contracted tendons
- Scar tissue
- Increasing elasticity of muscles before stretching and breaking down adhesions
- Nerve entrapments
- Where increased metabolism of edema and exudates is needed
Inflammation and healing: Ultrasound is thought to accelerate the normal resolution time of the inflammatory process by attracting more mast cells to the site of injury. This may cause an increase in blood flow which can be beneficial in the sub-acute phase of tissue injury. Ultrasound may also stimulate the production of more collagen which is the main protein component in soft tissue such as tendons and ligaments.
Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy
- Non-surgical cruciate repair
- To maintain and support the health of soft tissues and the neurological system
- Pain management
- Reduce inflammation, increase circulation, clear metabolic waste
Pulsing Electro Magnetic Fields influence cell behaviour by inducing electrical changes around and within the cell. Improved blood supply increases the oxygen pressure, activating and regenerating cells. Improved calcium transport increases absorption of calcium in bones and improves the quality of cartilage in joints. It was found that disturbances in blood circulation and in metabolism play a key role in the development of diseases
All living cells within the body possess potentials between the inner and outer membrane of the cell, which, under normal healthy circumstances, are fixed. Different cells, e.g. Muscle cells and Nerve cells, have different potentials across their cell membranes. When cells are damaged, these potentials change such that the balance across the membrane changes, causing the attraction of positive sodium ions into the cell and negative trace elements and proteins out of the cell. The net result is that liquid is attracted into the interstitial area and swelling or oedema occurs. The application of pulsed magnetic fields has been shown to help the body to restore normal potentials at an accelerated rate, thus aiding the healing of most wounds and reducing swelling faster.
Muscle Stimulation Therapy
- Pre and post surgery to prevent muscle wastage
- Maintenance of muscle mass due to other conditions and injuries
Electrical Stimulation is indicated in a range of situations including: pain management and stimulation of muscle contraction; with instruction it can be applied at home by an owner.
- increased rate of recovery
- increased quality and quantity of movement and mobility
- increased size and strength of musculo-tendinous structures
- improved co-ordination and timing of muscle groups
- improved connective tissue strength and integrity
- improved postural balance
Therapeutic exercise includes a wide range of exercises and movements that can be undertaken either passively during the early stages of recovery or actively by the patient as they progress through their rehabilitation. It is most likely that the owner will be provided with a range of exercises to undertake at home to support the patient in between visits.