How can physiotherapy help?

Animal physiotherapy involves the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions, and works using various treatments and rehabilitation techniques to aid and restore injured tissues back to their full strength and function.  

Physiotherapy is used extensively for rehabilitation after surgical operations, sports injuries, and a range of musculoskeletal issues, and can assist with neurological problems and age related changes.   With advancements in surgical techniques, and orthopaedic treatment for conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia now commonplace, the use of physiotherapy pre and post-operatively has been proven to enhance the patient’s outcome.

Dogs can receive treatment for common conditions such as;

  • Hip Dysplasia - before and after surgery

  • Elbow dysplasia - before and after surgery

  • Neck or Back pain - due to degenerative disc disease, disc protrusion/ extrusion or after surgery

  • Muscular injuries – common in the agility dog

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Cranial Cruciate Disease- before and after surgery

Physiotherapy can

  • Reduce the pain caused by swelling or muscle spasm

  • Facilitate tissue healing and recovery

  • Promote muscle strength and function

  • Restore joint range of motion and normal tissue

At your appointment, I will undertake a full case assessment and this will include the following;

  • History – information from owner, trainer or vet.

  • Observation – viewing conformation/posture/muscle development and symmetry.

  • Gait analysis – observing your dog move in a straight line in walk and trot, circling, and backing up

  • Palpation – feeling for muscle pain, spasm, tenderness and assessing joint ranges of motion.


Following your assessment a treatment plan is devised depending on your dog’s problems. 

Treatments include some or all of the following:

  • Manual therapy techniques - massage/stretching.

  • Strengthening and stretching exercises

  • Electrotherapy treatment i.e. red light therapy, TENS, muscle stimulation.

  • Rehabilitation and exercise advice.

  • Husbandry advice


The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (Animal Health and Welfare Act Scotland) places a legal responsibility on everyone working with, or caring for animals, for the duty of care of animals in order to meet their welfare needs.  


In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966, Browns Veterinary Physiotherapy will only treat on receipt of a written veterinary approval form completed by your veterinary surgeon.   This does not usually require your vet to conduct a special visit, unless they have not seen your animal previously.

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