What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

What does a veterinary physiotherapist do? A detailed overview.

Veterinary Physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of animals to improve function and performance of the body.

Issues that can be targeted through physiotherapy include musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, osteoarthritis, and other health related conditions. MVP works alongside Vets to accurately find issues/weaknesses that your pet has to design the most effective treatment plan that will return them to normal function.

Maddie assisting a cat.

What I Do

  • Veterinary physiotherapy is a holistic approach combined with the anatomical knowledge of each animal to provide an alternative treatment for rehabilitation or maintenance. Animals hide their pain and discomfort but by using physiotherapy to assess this, issues can be addressed before they become problematic.

  • Once locating the initial cause of pain, a veterinary physiotherapist will treat the issue and any secondary symptoms and devise a treatment and remedial exercise plan to further address all issues and meet the individual’s needs.

  • The main aim is always to improve an animal’s health and wellbeing by reducing pain, limiting injury impact, promoting healing to accelerate the return to normal function and to improve joint range of motion.

A cat being massaged
  • This science-based profession incorporates techniques such as myofascial release, massage, range of motion, stretching, electrotherapies to help animals for both short- and long-term recovery.

  • MVP also works with animal athletes to reduce injury risk whilst enhancing performance to benefit competing or working animals. This approach with a sound knowledge base and clinical reasoning is always used in order to determine the most effective and successful solution.