Why use Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a vital part of the healing process, which is often underplayed or overlooked all together.  
Veterinary Physiotherapy is designed to identify areas of weakness or dysfunction and provide a tailored treatment and exercise plan in order to optimize the healing process. 

Physiotherapy is beneficial for :   

  • Returning normal movement/function  after injury/ illness.

  •  Reduce the risk of recurring injury.

  •  Improve strength after an injury

  • Post surgical rehabilitation.

  • Neurological conditions. 

  • Arthritis.

  • Weight management.

  •  Tendon/ Ligament Injuries

  •  Degenerative conditions.

  • Maintenance.

  • Reduced performance. 

  • Pain Management.

                                                   

 

 Physiotherapy is an important aspect of animal welfare, whether a high performance animal or a beloved family pet, SM Veterinary Physiotherapy is dedicated to improving the quality of life and general well being of your animal. 

 Your physiotherapist is an intergral member of your animals health care team, and works particuarly well in conjuction with your Veterainary professional, and in the case of your horse with your farrier and dentist as well as your vet.     

How do I know if my animal needs Physio?

Whilst animals aren't able to actually tell us whats wrong, however they are able to give us a few hints when they are feeling under the weather, sore or just not on top form.
Some things to look out for in your pet:

  • Lameness (altered gait)
  • Lethargy/ Unwillingness to exercise
  • Mood changes (depressed/grumpy)
  • Going off food
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty developing muscle
  • Asymmetrical muscle development
  • Behavioural issues 
  • Uneven Shoe wear (Horse)
  • Scuffing of toes
  • Unwillingness to get in the car
  • Crying/ stiffness when getting up