We all get old, but sometimes it can be a bit of a shock when we suddenly notice our pets slowing down. Maybe they are stiff when they get up from their favourite chair, maybe they are starting to struggle up the stairs? Have you noticed that they are starting to walk slower than usual?
All could be signs that your dog has arthritis. Whilst it is vital to get a veterinary diagnosis when you think something is wrong, once you are aware of it, you can do something about it.
You can start by asking to be referred to physiotherapy.
Here are 5 ways physiotherapy can help
1. Support and advise, your physiotherapist will be able to offer you a wealth of support and advise on what osteoarthritis is and how best to care for your dog. There are loads of tip and trick’s we have up our sleeves to help with your dog’s quality of life whilst still suiting your lifestyle
2. Hands on therapy; We all know how great we feel after a massage, combine this with other physiotherapeutic techniques your dog will feel relaxed and energised after a session with a physiotherapist. This will allow him to use his muscle more effectively in a pain free way that can break the cycle of pain often associated with osteoarthritis.
3. Electrotherapy There are a wide number of electrotherapies that can be used to help with the pain caused by arthritis. This may include but is not limited to pulsed electromagnetic therapy, LASER therapy and TENS.
4. Exercise therapy. After a full assessment of your dog your physiotherapist can derive an appropriate and bespoke exercise therapy plan to enhance your dog’s strength and condition. By strengthening the muscles surrounding a joint the joint is further supported.
5. Ongoing management. Many owners find that regular physiotherapy can continue to help support their dogs to maintain an excellent quality of life after arthritis diagnosis.
If you are thinking about a physiotherapy appointment for your dog, get in contact.