Vet­eri­nary phys­io­ther­a­py is an evi­dence-based pro­fes­sion that treats injury, dis­ease, or defor­mi­ty by means of phys­i­cal meth­ods. It aims to relieve pain, restore func­tion and mobil­i­ty and pro­mote the nat­ur­al heal­ing process­es. Phys­io­ther­a­py is often used in con­junc­tion with hydrother­a­py to achieve opti­mum results and is a vital part of the recov­ery process post-injury, surgery, or disease. 

What con­di­tions would ben­e­fit from physiotherapy?

  • Hip / Elbow Dysplasia
  • Patel­la Luxation
  • Cra­nial Cru­ci­ate Lig­a­ment Rupture
  • Post-oper­a­tive cases
  • Soft tis­sue injuries
  • Spinal injuries — i.e. IVDD and Fibro­car­ti­lagi­nous Embolism
  • Neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions — i.e. Syringomyelia and nerve damage
  • Osteoarthri­tis and asso­ci­at­ed degen­er­a­tive joint diseases
  • Obe­si­ty and weight loss
  • Strength­en­ing and con­di­tion­ing for work­ing / sport­ing dogs

What does an ini­tial ses­sion involve?

A phys­io­ther­a­py ses­sion at Mobil­i­ty Mat­ters starts with see­ing how your ani­mal moves, as well as feel­ing over their mus­cles and joints to locate areas that need treatment.

After the assess­ment, your ani­mal will be treat­ed with a com­bi­na­tion of phys­io­ther­a­peu­tic techniques:

Man­u­al TherapyTher­a­peu­tic ExerciseElec­trother­a­pies (com­ing soon)
Myofas­cial releaseActive range of motionPulsed elec­tro­mag­net­ic field therapy
Pas­sive range of motionCon­di­tion­ing
Joint mobil­i­sa­tionPos­ture and gait training

Dur­ing your pets’ ses­sion, there are many oppor­tu­ni­ties to have your ques­tions and queries answered by our phys­io­ther­a­pists. After the assess­ment, we will pro­vide you with rel­e­vant sup­port­ing mate­r­i­al to aid the reha­bil­i­ta­tion at home and ensure ongo­ing sup­port is avail­able to you.

If you have any queries or think your dog may ben­e­fit from phys­io­ther­a­py please con­tact us at

Below you will find down­load­able that you may find use­ful pri­or to your ini­tial assess­ment. For any oth­er down­load­able con­tent please go to Own­er Resources.

What to expect from the first phys­io­ther­a­py appointment

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