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Physiotherapy 

The aim of physiotherapy is to help restore movement and normal body function in cases of illness, injury and disability. It is particularly applicable in the post operative situation but is also often useful for managing chronic orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis and muscle weakness. Sessions include advice on management as well as exercises specific for the condition under treatment and mental health, home life adaptations and feeding may also be holistically addressed where required. Many patients on long term NSAIDS will benefit from this service.
 
Patients may benefit from the use of the following equipment:
 
Physiotherapeutic Equipment:

Red Light Phototherapy: Is used on every patient as it releases endorphins, encouraging the patient to relax, kick starts the healing process, increases circulation and stimulates cells. It aids wound repair, encouraging epithelial growth and healthy granulation, being a great tool in wound management and repair. It can be used over acupuncture points having the adding benefit of initiating a reaction similar to that of acupuncture or acupressure.
 
Blue Light Phototherapy: This is mainly used in the management of bacterial infections and wounds. It has an antibacterial effect at a superficial level and used promptly on fresh wounds will reduce the risk of contamination.
 
Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy: Influences cell behaviour by inducing electrical changes around and within the cell. Improved blood supply increases oxygen pressure, activating and regenerating cells. Improved calcium transport increases absorption of calcium in bone and improves the quality of cartilage in joints. This can offer pain relief of acute and chronic conditions.
 
Therapeutic Ultrasound: Is high frequency sound waves above the range that we can hear and applied to the body via a ‘head’ and ultrasound gel. It increases the blood supply which promotes healing, producing a pain killing effect that reduces muscle spasm, promotes normal function, softens fibrous tissues and scar tissues and decreases inflammation.

Electro-stimulation Therapy: Is the use of an electrical current on the body and is largely used to facilitate healing through increase blood supply and control pain. It can be used to relief muscular spasm, reduce swelling and increase muscle mass when muscles have become atrophied or disused.

Massage: This helps to relax the patient, increasing the blood supply which in turn kick starts the natural healing process and flushes toxins out of the musculoskeletal system. It relieves muscle tension, tightness, spasms and knots to aid the patient to move more freely, provide pain relief and reduce stiffness.

Passive stretches and active stretches are also performed.

Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation can be used at any point during an animal’s life, whether this is rehabilitation after an injury or an operation or to encourage the use of muscles that have weakened due to disuse or age. These are offered as home exercises, exercises performed with the therapist using various equipment such as wobble boards and exercises incorporated into everyday life for the patient, such as walking on different surfaces on a walk, performing sit to stand exercises etc.

For more information, go to www.jcbanimalphysio.com

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