Treatment

Massage and manual techniques

Massage is a powerful yet gentle hands-on treatment, used to relax tight muscles, release restricted fascia and resolve trigger points.  Massage therapists treat the whole body, ensuring areas of compensation and asymmetry are addressed.  As a Canine Massage Guild member, I trained for two years specifically in massage and bodywork, and have subsequently undertaken further continuing professional development in specialist skills. Techniques I use include:

  • Swedish, deep tissue and sports massage

  • direct and indirect myofascial release

  • the Lenton Method

  • manual lymphatic drainage

  • specific facilitated stretches

  • joint mobilisation

Massage treatment can be carried out alone, or in conjunction with other therapies, depending on the individual requirements of the animal.

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Electrotherapies

Electrotherapy machines produce various forms of energy such as sound or light waves.  The energy is transmitted into the body to reduce inflammation and pain, and optimise healing.  I use portable devices that are rechargeable and can be used in any environment.  Currently available electrotherapy modalities include:

  • red and blue phototherapy

  • class 3b infrared LASER

  • neuromuscular electrostimulation / NMES

  • pulsed electromagnetic field therapy / PMFT or PEMF

  • therapeutic ultrasound

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Exercise prescription

As a veterinary physiotherapist, I use my knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to prescribe a specific targeted home exercise plan, addressing individual areas of injury or weakness.  I will work with you to set short and long term goals, in areas such as:

  • restore function following injury or surgery

  • improve mobility

  • build muscle mass and strength

  • improve flexibility, balance and proprioception

  • sports-specific conditioning

Expert advice and support

I take a holistic approach meaning I consider the whole animal, focusing on both mental and physical wellbeing and taking into account all aspects of their environment and daily activities.  I can provide help and advice on:

  • environmental adaptions 

  • adjustments to exercise routines

  • mental stimulation to maintain wellbeing during rehabilitation

  • management of other pets within the home

  • stress and anxiety reduction

  • palliative care and preparing for pet loss

By treating the whole animal in the context of their own environment and lifestyle, the best possible outcome can be achieved.