Massage forms an important part of all treatments targeting the specific area of dysfunction and the animal as a whole. Massage can have many benefits including improving blood flow, reducing muscle tension, aiding pain relief and can also help to relax the animal.
Fascia is a connective tissue found underneath the skin surrounding the muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves and bones below. Injury and overuse can sometimes cause fascia to become restricted in certain areas, causing pain and tension to develop. Myofascial release is an effective technique to release superficial fascial restrictions in the soft tissues, improving blood flow and reducing pain and mobility.
Like massage, stretching is often an important component of a rehabilitation or fitness plan. Stretching involves elongating soft tissues and can help to improve an animals quality of movement by improving circulation, relaxation of muscles, flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments and mobilisation of joints. Additionally, stretching can reduce the chance of further injury by improving flexibility and can help to improve recovery following training, competitions or other exercise related muscle soreness.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy involves the delivery of light energy to the body to bring about a physiological response, improving the natural healing processes of the body.
Laser therapy can be a really beneficial treatment in many cases. Some examples include tendon and ligament injury, wound healing or the healing of surgical incision sites, neurological conditions such as nerve damage and for reducing acute and chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia or cruciate ligament rupture.
Remedial exercise forms an important part of the treatment plan for all clients to help restore function and improve performance. An animals condition, stage of injury and rehabilitation, discipline, conformation and various other factors will influence it's ability to carry out exercises. Therefore, following assessment and physiotherapy treatment, a tailored exercise plan will be created specifically for each individuals needs.
Kinesiology tape is a fabric that is finely woven with elastic fibres which allow it to stretch. When applied to an area, kinesiology tape works by lifting the skin and the fascia below, helping to improve blood and lymph flow. Whilst it may not be suitable for all cases, there are some instances where it can be a beneficial addition to a veterinary physiotherapist's tool kit. For example, it's use may be indicated for aiding reduction of pain and inflammation, and improving proprioception.