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What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

Veterinary Physiotherapy involves the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal or neurological conditions in animals. An assessment involves observing the animal's static posture, movement and gait, manual palpation to assess the body's soft tissue structures and assessment of available movement throughout the body. Assessments also require careful consideration of all aspects of the animal's environment, lifestyle, conformation, genetics, anatomy and function. Therefore, veterinary physiotherapists require a good level of knowledge of animal anatomy and what can happen in injury or disease. Similarly, treatment involves a multimodal approach, often involving manual therapy, electrotherapy and remedial exercise in order to reduce pain, restore function and improve performance. 


How might your animal benefit from physio?

Canine Physiotherapy

Conditions that may benefit include:

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease

  • Patella Luxation

  • Osteoarthritis 

  • Hip or Elbow Dysplasia

  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans

  • Intevertebral Disc Disease

  • Fibrocartilaginous Embolism

  • Spondylosis

  • Degenerative Myleopathy

  • Post Surgical Conditions 

Other reasons your dog may benefit:

  • Wound Healing

  • Pain Management

  • Sporting Dogs

  • Change in Behaviour

  • Stiffness

  • Lethargy

  • Loss of balance

  • Reluctance playing or going for walks


Other Species


Any animal, no matter the species can benefit from physiotherapy.

Head to Tail is particularly passionate about rabbit welfare and has experienced first hand the many benefits or physiotherapy for rabbits.


Conditions in small animals that may benefit include:

  • ​Osteoarthritis 

  • Neurological conditions

  • Spondylosis 

  • Soft tissue injury 

  • Joint disease

  • Muscle weakness

  • Pain

  • Wounds and sores

  • Rehabilitation post surgery

Other reasons your animal may benefit:

  • If they have reduced ability to groom themselves

  • Rabbits - if you have noticed build up of caecotrophs around the back-end

  • Pain Management

  • Change in Behaviour

  • Stiffness

  • Lethargy, quietness

  • Loss of balance

If you feel your animal may benefit from physiotherapy, please contact me to have a discussion.

Equine Physiotherapy


Conditions that may benefit include:

  • Lameness

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Tendon or Ligament Injury

  • Kissing Spine

  • Muscle Strain

  • Wound healing

Other reasons your horse may benefit:

  • Saddle problems / back pain

  • Struggling on one rein

  • Change in behaviour

  • Stiffness

  • Pre / post competition 

  • Signs of pain

  • Reduced performance

  • Recovering post injury

  • Recovering post surgery

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