what is veterinary physiotherapy
when is veterinary physiotherapy necessary

Tuesday 25th of June 2024

What We Do

What is veterinary physiotherapy?

Veterinary Physiotherapy maybe defined as the use of physical techniques for the treatment of soft tissue injuries and movement dysfunction and working in collaboration with your vet is a recognised method of treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many equine and small animal injuries. Veterinary Physiotherapy encompases many different techniques including maunal therapy and the use of modern therapeutic modalities such as a range of electrotherapies.
Remedial exercise and rehabilitation is an important part of Veterinary Physiotherapy.

As a Veterinary Physiotherapist I specialise in Equine Physiotherapy working close with both Vets and with owners.

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When is Veterinary Physiotherapy necessary?

Animals are no different from humans, as an athlete horses also suffer musculoskeletal injuries such as back pain, muscle strain, soft tissue injuries as well as requiring post operative rehabilitation and sports performance management.

Horses can show their discomfort in a variety of ways such as a change in behaviour, movement or gait adaption, development of resistance, reduced performance and behavioural problems. What used to be easy may become more difficult.

Physiotherapy can help correct poor posture, help support conformational weaknesses as well as address musculoskeletal injury. Specific remedial exercise programmes relating to the horses condition enhances the effects of physiotherapy and is essential to successful out comes either as ridden or ground based exercises or more modern rehabilitation techniques.

Equine Rehab and Horse Aftercare for injured or post-surgery horses is extremely important as it will determine if your horse can perform to its full potential.
Gentle Horse Therapies help ease tension and improve circulation as well as promoting a feeling of wellbeing.

The  philosophy being  that if you want your horse to perform like a true athlete and to maximum ability, you need the animal to be supple, powerful and straight.

Both  aftercare post surgery and customised care programmes, provide this level of support.

Conditions we treat

  • Soft tissue (Muscle, Ligament, Tendons) injuries
  • Lameness
  • Joint conditions and injuries
  • Degenerative conditions (eg Arthritis)
  • Back and neck injuries, pain
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Neurological conditions
  • Post-Operative rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation post injury or long periods of rest
  • Wound healing
  • Fracture healing
  • Sales preparation - wound healing, muscle conditioning, splints

Animals suffer from injuries, but unlike humans, they are unable to tell us where the problem is. Veterinary Physiotherapists obtain a full detailed history about the animal from the owner and/ or the veterinary surgeon. They also carry out a detailed assessment to determine the site of the injury and any related problems. Treatment is then directed at relieving the symptoms and getting the animal back to it's normal activity level.

Pet Insurance

We are covered by most pet insurers for a percentage of physiotherpay costs. A veterinary surgeon's referral may be required. Check with your insurer to see if you're covered.


I am a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in Veterinary Practice  CPVP. As a fully qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist with over 20 years professional experience I offer a comprehensive and professional equine physiotherapy service.


Equine Physiotherapy Services,
Trident House, Dublin Rd, Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland

Tel: 086 2571545
Email: equinephysiotherapyservices@gmail.com


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