Animal Physiotherapy Session
Your first session will consist mainly of various assessment techniques, including a detailed history of your animal to include the current issues you wish to address, a Static and Dynamic Assessment of your animal, Palpation, Range-of-motion assessment and Spinal Mobility.
Through this assessment Aisling will be able to determine the primary areas of concern and devise a treatment plan specific to your case. This treatment plan may include various techniques and exercises to complete at home in order to optimise the treatment outcomes and support a more succesful rehabilitation.
The treatment plan will include a wide variety of manual techniques. These include Stretching and Massage.
The type of massage or stretching performed will be guided by the animals assessment and tolerance, supporting an effective treatment.
Massage will support the bodies repair process' through increasing circulation, decreasing pain, reducing muscle spasms or tension and improving flexibility, mobility and proprioception, among many more benefits.
Stretching can aid in increasing flexibility, joint range-of-motion, performance and postural balance whilst reducing fibrotic tissue, adhesions, tension and injury.
Electrotherapies and Modalities
Various therapeutic machines will be used throughout the animals treatment plan, dependant upon the tissues stages of healing and the suitability to the animal.
PEMF is a therapy based around magnetic fields. It supports the bodies natural healing processes through ion transportation. Settings are adjusted depending upon treatment goals, with the machine being able to support increased or reduced blood flow to an area. It is beneficial for the treatment of soft tissue and joint injuries, pain management, neurological conditions, fracture repair and bruising.
TENS aids in the treatment of sub acute or chronic pain conditions. The machine sends an electrical signal across the skin, targetting the sensory nerves, aiding in pain reduction.
It activates the opiod mechanism.
NMES is beneficial for the treatment of muscle loss. It can aid in the recovery of motor function and muscle maintenance, activating contraction and relaxation. In combination with exercise, NMES can help build muscle and improve motor function.
Thermotherapy is the use of Cold and Heat therapies and are great modalities for both the therapist and the owner to use. Cold Therapy is beneficial in acute cases or in the first hours post-surgery. It will reduce blood flow and waste products in the area, therefore decreasing swelling, bruising and pain within the region, allowing for healing. Heat Therapy is used to increase blood flow to an area, increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients within the region and removing any toxins to support healing. Heat will also support range of motion, relieve any areas of tension and relax high tone or spastic tissues.
Phototherapy has best been shown to be of benefit in the treamtent of pain conditions and wound healing. It does this through an increase in cellular energy.
The animals treatment plan may include an exercise routine which will accompany and support the manual treatments they are receiving. It is important that owners are aware that Physiotherapy is a team effort. The home treatments and exercises perscribed will ensure short and long term goals are reached.
The plan will include a number of passive and active exercises dependant upon assessment, tolerance and expected goals.
Therapeutic Exercises have verious benefits, including improved well-being, posture and performance, greater muscular balance, better co-ordination, increased strength, greater range-of-motion and therefore stride length.
For the equine it is best advised to take a 24hr rest period after a Physiotherapy session, unless otherwise instructed.