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Why choose physio?

Every animal can benefit from physio,whether it be a companion animal or a competition athlete. 

It is a conservative approach that can either work alongside or in the place of conventional medicine where appropriate to help an animal to achieve its full performance and most importantly, to decrease the chance of injury. 

There is also a range of other issues that physio can target, see examples below to find out if physio could benefit your animal. 

If you recognise any of these signs, particularly after orthopaedic or soft tissue surgery, please get in touch with your vet for a referral.

Equine

  • Behavioural changes eg aggressiveness
  • Being particularly 'girthy' when tacked up
  • Uncharacteristic bucking/rearing when ridden
  • Refusing jumps that normally would not cause issues
  • Struggling to pick up the correct canter lead 
  • 'Cold backed'
  • Reduced performance 
  • Reluctance to perform what is asked
  • Lethargy 
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle imbalance 

Your vet may also prescribe physio for a range of conditions including but not limited too:

  • Overriding Dorsal Spinous Processes (Kissing Spines)
  • Sacro Iliac Joint/ligament problems
  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Tendon/ligament issues
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nerve damage 
  • Proprioceptive defecits
  • Laminitis 
  • Fractures
  • Hoof problems eg, navicular

Canine 

  • Decreased appetite
  • 'Skipping' - particularly terriers
  • Reluctance to perform day to day activities eg. climb the stairs
  • Reluctance to jump onto things or over things
  • Difficulty standing/stiffness after periods of inactivity
  • Paying more attention to a certain area repeatedly eg a joint
  • Flinching when touched
  • Out of character aggressiveness
  • Any sign that may make you think they are not their normal self! 

Your vet may also prescribe physio for a range of conditions including but not limited too:

  • Hip dysplasia 
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Chronic Degenerative RadiculoMyelopathy
  • Luxating Patella
  • Bicipital Tenosynovitis 
  • Cruciate ligament issues
  • Disc disease
  • Fractures/broken bones
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Obesity
  • Nerve damage 

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