Animal Physiotherapy is an emerging and rapidly growing profession in Australia.

Brooke Marsh is a human Physiotherapist and a qualified Animal Physiotherapist (she completed her Masters of Animal Physiotherapy 2005) and has always had a passion and affinity for animals.

Animal Physiotherapy works in much the same way as widely recognized physiotherapy in human medicine. The same conditions are assessed and treated with a specialized knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapists use a wide variety of techniques to relieve pain and improve function. Using ‘hands-on’ techniques it possible to get the animal moving as well as possible, relieve pain, then stabilise and strengthen to ensure prevention of recurring injuries. A home program is very important to maintain the condition in between sessions.

Brooke specialises in ‘hands-on’ treatment including mobilisation, massage, stretches, acupuncture, electrotherapy, balance and stability training, movement re-education and underwater treadmill training. She takes the time to make the dog comfortable with treatment in a positive environment.

Benefits

  • Acceleration of rehabilitation process and restoration of function
  • Reduction of pain and inflammation
  • Improvement of joint range of motion and muscle strength
  • Prevention of further movement dysfunctions or injuries
  • Optimisation of performance in sport/show

Conditions treated

  • Orthopaedic – cruciate ligament/cartilage of knee (stifle); fractures; hip/elbow dysplasia; muscle and tendon injuries, patella luxation
  • Neurological – including spinal injury and peripheral nerve injuries
  • Pre and Post surgical for any musculoskeletal/neurological condition
  • Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis, geriatric)
  • Back pain/ injury
  • Soft tissue/ sporting injuries
  • Poor conditioning (e.g. following cancer treatments, obesity, cardiovascular)

The underwater treadmill is used in the physiotherapy sessions as an ideal environment to improve muscle stability and strength without undue strain on the joints. This can be used in very early stages of rehabilitation and post surgery.

For more information on how physiotherapy can benefit your animal, or to make an appointment please feel free to contact Brooke Marsh on 0408 022 660 or contact her via her website.

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