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What is physiotherapy?

Veterinary physiotherapy is a science-based profession, which takes a comprehensive approach to each patient through functional assessment and treatment. Alongside veterinary care, physiotherapy can help in the treatment or management of many musculoskeletal or neurological conditions and injuries.

What is physiotherapy useful for?

In assistance of rehabilitation of the injured or elderly, physiotherapy can;

  • Reduce pain and enhance healing

  • Improve movement

  • Restore normal muscle control, mobility, and function

  • Manage chronic conditions and improve quality of life

For performance development of an athletic animal, physiotherapy can;

  • Minimise the risk of injury or re-injury

  • Identify and address musculoskeletal imbalances before they evidence as an issue/injury

  • Optimise performance and maintain peak condition in competitive or working animals

Which types of therapies are available?

  • Manual therapies- massage therapy, joint manipulations, mobilisations and stretching.

  • Remedial exercise programs- muscle strengthening, range of motion enhancement, correct movement development, posture adaptations and pole work programs.

  • Electrotherapy- including Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), laser, ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation therapies.

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Neuromuscular taping


All animals can benefit from physiotherapy. For specific conditions and common complaints, please see the species-specific pages under ‘Horses, dogs and other animals’.

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