What to expect from your dog's physiotherapy appointment
Updated: Mar 2
As things start to get back to normal things are starting to change in the practice as well. I have now been working at Chine House for over a year, and for the first time last week I actually saw people without their masks, Amazing!.
For the most part you may still prefer to wait for your appointment in your car, this can be less stressful for your dog than waiting in reception. When you arrive please let reception know you are here. You will be given the option of taking a buzzer, which will beep when I am ready for you and I will greet you in reception.
Prior to meeting you, I will read through your dogs history so that I have a good understanding of what has been going on. To further understand, I may ask you for some more in depth questions. This is part of my subjective assessment and is an important part of the appointment. It gives me a good idea of where your dog is at in his rehab and what your expectations and goals are for your dog. There is no right or wrong answer here, every dog and every owner is different, which is why it is so important for me to get some history from you.
I will then ask you to walk your dog away from me, then back towards me, first slowly at a walking pace, then a little more briskly (this will of course depend on how well your dog is walking and if they are able to demonstrate what they can/can't do). Here I am looking for any asymmetries in the movement, if they are limping, and if there appears to be any obvious areas of weakness or compensation.
We will then go into the therapy room together. In order to allow your dog a fear free experience he/she will be offered a likimat, usually with peanut butter on, if your dog has any allergies or is on strict diet, please let me know before hand.
I will then assess the available movement in the affected limb compared to the unaffected limb, before having a feel of the muscles. Here I will be looking for any muscle loss, compensatory strategies that your dog may be recruiting and anywhere that may be particularly tight or sore.
Based on this assessment I will formulate and undertake a bespoke treatment strategy. This may include soft tissue mobilisation, massage, electrotherapy such as LASER or BioMag as well as joint mobilisations where appropriate.
You can find out more on the treatment modalities that I use here https://www.huntshillphysio.co.uk/single-post/2018/10/16/trigger-point-release-therapy
It is likely that you will have a home exercise program to follow. Towards the end of the session we will have a go at performing each exercise (usually up to 3) to ensure that you and your dog are comfortable at doing them. This is essential in your dogs rehab. By using targeted exercises specific to your dogs problem they will have a much better chance of improving quickly and getting back to their normal selves.
If you have any questions or concerns you can drop me an email on email@example.com
I look forward to meeting you soon.