Treatments and interventions
Veterinary Physiotherapy utilises a range of manual therapies, electrotherapies and rehabilitative exercise.
At Blackwater Vets this includes:
Massage therapy uses different techniques to reduce muscle tension which may be limiting joint range of motion and improve circulation to promote tissue health, alongside a wealth of benefits inside tissue cells themselves. Massage may be included in your home exercise programme as with the additional release of endorphins massage promotes mental as well as physical wellbeing. Our physiotherapist Lana has additional qualifications in canine massage therapy so you can be sure your pet is quite literally in safe hands.
Stretching is a manual therapy used in physiotherapy to lengthen contracted, tense muscles both reducing muscle tension and increasing joint range of motion. Stretching may also form part of the home exercise programme as it can be especially useful after exercise to encourage the removal of lactic acid which can cause delayed onset muscle soreness and encourage an influx of blood to the area for tissue repair.
Red light therapy
Red light therapy is an electrotherapy which can be used to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and stimulate tissue to repair and heal. It is especially effective for targeting painful joints and muscle spasm.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (or PEMFT, for short) is an electrotherapy that generates electromagnetic pulses in the target tissue. Depending on the parameters selected, this can have a range of effects on tissue including reducing pain and inflammation as well as increasing blood flow to an area for tissue repair, improving nerve function and increasing the rate of bone healing. PEMFT is particularly good for reaching deeper structures of the body that cannot be reached by other modalities.
Home exercise programme
To complement your in-house physiotherapy treatment, we can select a number of home exercises for you to work on at home with your pet to aid progress towards their goals. All home exercise plans are tailored specifically to both the needs of your pet and you as their owner and will be demonstrated to you during your session.
2 Mill Road, West Mersea
Mon-Fri: 8:30 - 19:00
Sat: 8:30 - 12:30
Tel: 01206 384999
Sun & BH: closed
Out of Hours Tel : 01206 842224
Did you know? ..Blackwater Vets is one of only 2 veterinary practices in the Colchester region that holds an award for meeting the International Cat Care's recomendations for cat wellbeing within a veterianry clinic?