Physiotherapy for your Dog
Your dog is not able to tell you if they are in pain and often subtle changes in their behaviour can indicate that something is not right. Signs of this may include:
not going up and down stairs
not jumping in and out the car or onto the sofa
reluctance to go for a walk
Not wanting to be touched or petted
There are a wide variety of orthopaedic and neurological conditions that may affect your dog. These may be treated conservatively or with surgery, and as surgical options have progressed, so has the need for appropriate pre- and post- operative rehabilitation. Physiotherapy fulfils this vital role, helping to relieve pain, improve movement and mobility and optimise function.
Common conditions that may be assisted by physiotherapy include
Hip and elbow dysplasia
Muscle, tendon, ligament or nerve injuries
Nerve injury or neurological disorders
Following orthopaedic or neurological surgical procedures (eg fracture repair, cruciate ligament surgery, arthrodesis, amputation, patella stabilisation, spinal surgery)
Agility and Working Dogs
If your dog is working, or involved in activities such as agility or flyball, they may be susceptible to additional stresses and strains. Early recognition and treatment of such injuries ensure maximal performance and enhances their working life. Physiotherapy is widely acknowledged as beneficial in achieving and maintaining optimal performance in the human athlete and can do the same for your dog.
Infinity Physiotherapy is able to provide:
- Maintenance checks
- Treatment or acute and chronic injuries
- Assessment and management of poor performance
- Tailored strength and conditioning programs
- Specific rehabilitation programs for return to sport following injury
Rachel currently works with a local veterinary practice that provides hydrotherapy and underwater treadmill sessions to aid in canine rehabilitation.
The Underwater Treadmill is a fantastic piece of equipment that can produce outstanding results. Most dogs take to the treadmill really well. Once inside the treadmill, warm water is raised to the appropriate level for each specific problem. The water temperature, depth and treadmill speed can all be adjusted and used to create the desired therapeutic effect, such as reduced weight bearing, increased range of movement, normalising gait and increasing fitness. We may also use floats, manual support and muscle facilitation during sessions. Most dogs and owners cannot wait to come back again after the first session.