Manual Therapy for Dogs and Cats

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy for animals is a hands-on treatment approach used by veterinary rehabilitation professionals to address a range of musculoskeletal issues and promote optimal movement and function in pets. At RehabVet Clinic, our skilled therapists employ a variety of manual techniques tailored to your pet’s individual needs, ensuring their health and well-being are prioritised.

Manual therapy can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including arthritis, post-operative recovery, sports injuries, and neurological disorders. It is often used in conjunction with other therapies, such as hydrotherapy, laser therapy, and therapeutic exercises, as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan.

Chelsea doing manual therapy

What are the benefits of manual therapy?

Benefits of manual therapy for dogs and cats include:

  • Pain relief: Alleviates discomfort from conditions such as arthritis and injuries.

  • Improved mobility: Enhances joint function, flexibility, and overall movement.

  • Faster recovery: Supports post-operative healing and rehabilitation from injuries.

  • Reduced inflammation: Manual techniques can decrease swelling and promote circulation.

  • Muscle relaxation: Relieves muscle tension, spasms, and stiffness.

  • Enhanced performance: Beneficial for athletic and working animals, improving their abilities.

  • Complementary treatment: Works alongside other therapies for comprehensive pet care.

At RehabVet Clinic, our experienced therapists utilise manual therapy to ensure your pets experience these benefits, improving their health and well-being.

Dog receiving massage and tui-na from therapists

What are the types of manual therapies?

Types of manual therapies for dogs and cats include:

  • Joint mobilisation: Gentle manipulation to improve joint range of motion and alleviate pain.

  • Soft tissue mobilisation: Techniques such as massage and myofascial release to target muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

  • Stretching exercises: Guided movements to maintain and enhance flexibility and joint health.

  • Manual lymphatic drainage: Stimulates the lymphatic system to reduce swelling and boost immunity.

  • Passive range of motion (PROM) exercises: Therapists move pets’ limbs to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness.

Therapist Stretching Hind Legs of Big Boss

What specific conditions can manual therapy treat in animals?​

Manual therapy can treat various conditions in animals, including:

  • Arthritis: Eases joint pain and improves mobility in affected pets.

  • Post-operative recovery: Supports healing and rehabilitation after surgeries.

  • Sports injuries: Addresses muscle strains, ligament tears, and tendon injuries.

  • Neurological disorders: Assists with muscle function and coordination in pets with neurological conditions.

  • Chronic pain: Alleviates discomfort from ongoing issues like hip dysplasia.

  • Muscle stiffness and spasms: Relaxes tense muscles and reduces spasms.

At RehabVet Clinic, our skilled therapists utilise manual therapy techniques to address these conditions and more, promoting optimal health and well-being for your pets.

Rufus enjoying a good massage