How do I know my animal needs physiotherapy?

Animals are no different to people in that they too can experience pain but unlike us they cannot speak and hide their pain well. Animals suffer with musculoskeletal injuries such as back pain, tendon and ligament sprains, muscle strains and arthritis. They also require rehabilitation following neurological conditions and post surgery.


If a horse is in pain may change its behaviour. For example, your horse may start bucking, napping or rearing, or show resentment towards their saddle. He may feel stiff on one rein or start refusing fences. You may see changes in your horse's movement. Your horse may be recovering from an injury or undergoing treatment by your vet. All types of horses from racehorses to Shetlands can be treated.


Both dogs (and cats) benefit from physiotherapy if they have arthritis (OA), elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis dessicans (OCD), back pain, or to aid recovery following a neurological condition or post operation. All conditions should be thoroughly investigated by your vet prior to physiotherapy.