Treatments We Offer

R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy offer a range of treatments that can be performed on every animal.

Massage

Massage is a great physiotherapy treatment and can be incorporated into every treatment plan regardless of the diagnosis. Gentle stroking, rubbing and kneading of the muscles and connective tissues increases the pliability of these tissues, as well as increasing blood and lymphatic flow, helping to reduce pain and inflammation. Massage is great as a treatment itself and both before and after exercise to warm up tissues and reduce post–exercise soreness.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

When an animal does not or cannot use a limb, the muscles associated with the movement of that leg begin to weaken and die, which can have detrimental consequences on their recovery. NMES uses electrical currents to cause the fibres of the target muscle to contract, helping prevent and reverse muscle wastage and increase the strength of the treated muscles. NMES is extremely useful in animals who cannot bear weight on a leg or who are recumbent (cannot stand unassisted).

Stretching

Stretching is beneficial in improving muscle and joint flexibility, increasing joint range of motion and reducing tension in tight muscles whilst also increasing their tensile strength which reduces the risk of injury. Contrary to popular belief, stretching is recommended to be performed after a period of exercise or massage to reduce the occurrence of post–exercise pain and to keep your animal flexible. 

Red Light Therapy

Working deep down within the body’s cells, red light therapy (RLT) works to speed up healing within bones, nerves, soft tissues and many more aspects of the body. RLT helps to reduce swelling and inflammation through increasing the fluid flow within the injured area and reduces pain by increasing the production of ‘feel–good’ chemicals. RLT also helps to reduce scarring by influencing scar production, allowing better quality healing of wounds, including after surgery.

Remedial Exercises

Exercises are an important part of rehabilitation. Strengthening exercises challenge the animal’s muscle strength and balance through a range of activities, such as cavaletti rails, weaving, weight–shifting, stair climbing and sit–to–stands. Exercises also allow joints to move through their full range of motion and encourages the use and correct motion of all limbs, whilst also providing proprioceptive feedback.

Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy)

Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, helps to reduce swelling and bruising in any condition in any animal. The cold sensation restricts the blood flow to the area which prevents the build up of excessive fluid (swelling) and blood (bruising). This also helps provide pain relief, making your animal feel more comfortable after injury or surgery.

Home Exercise Programmes

As part of your animal’s physiotherapy treatment plan, you may be prescribed some exercises and activities to do at home with your animal between physiotherapy appointments. These could include any combination of massages, stretches and exercises, all to speed up the rate of recovery and get your animal back to their normal selves sooner.

Thermal Therapy (Heat Therapy)

Contrary to cryotherapy, thermal or heat therapy increases the amount of blood flow to the tissues, removing ‘bad’ chemicals and toxins and replacing them with large quantities of nutrients and ‘good’ chemicals, to help speed up healing and reduce pain. Carrying out thermal therapy before exercise or stretching can help warm up the muscles and soft tissues and prepare them for activity, which in turn reduces the incidence of post–exercise pain.

Passive Range of Motion

PROM exercises involve moving a limb through its full range of motion without assistance from the animal, and are typically used in cases of recumbency, muscle inactivity and muscle atrophy to maintain the quality and function of joints and the flexibility of soft tissues. 

Pricing

SMALL ANIMALS

Small Animal First Appointment: £45
Dog/Canine Sitting
Small Animal Follow–Up Appointments: £35

LARGE ANIMAL - INCLUDING FARM ANIMALS

Equine and Farm Animal First Appointment: £50
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Equine and Farm Animal Follow–Up Appointments: £40

Please note, cancellations made within 24 hours before your appointment will incur a cancellation fee to the full value of the appointment.

Cancellations made within 48 hours before your appointment will incur a cancellation fee to the value of half of the cost of the appointment

Discounts!

R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy offers the following discounts:

Group bookings

2 or more animals at the same location:

5% off each individual animal!

Introductory offer

£5 off any first appointments booked before 28th September 2018.

Would you like to arrange an appointment?

R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy works under strict referral from your veterinary surgeon. This means that we must have permission from your veterinary surgeon before we can perform any physiotherapeutic treatments. 

Would you like to arrange an appointment?

R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy works under strict referral from your veterinary surgeon. This means that we must have permission from your veterinary surgeon before we can perform any physiotherapeutic treatments.