Animal Physiotherapy is a referral based practice only; therefore all animals must have a veterinary referral prior to commencing treatment. Welcome to Animal Physiotherapy Solutions
What is animal physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is widely recognised in human medicine as being effective in the treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries, arthritis, neck and back pain and following fractures or surgery.
Qualified animal physiotherapists are registered human physiotherapists who have undergone further study to enable them to transfer their skills in assessment and treatment to animals.
The aims of physiotherapy are to aid the animals healing capacity by reducing pain and inflammation, improving joint range of motion and muscle strength, thereby restoring movement, function and quality of life.
Lindsey Connell has many years experience treating both musculo-skeletal and neuromuscular conditions in people and commenced treating animals in 1999. She completed her post graduate Masters in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) at the University of Queensland in 2004.
Since the completion of her Masters, she has been involved in teaching the animal physiotherapy component of the Masters in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) Course and has also presented at several Veterinary, Veterinary Nurse and Physiotherapy conferences.
Lindsey runs an established small animal practice both in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, consulting from Veterinary Specialist Services a ‘state of the art’ specialist clinic in Underwood, Brisbane and Carrara on the Gold Coast.
Working at Veterinary Specialist Services has given Lindsey a wealth of knowledge and experience treating many different conditions from the acute trauma cases to the more unusual neurological conditions such as acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis and spinal dysfunction due to Fibro-cartilaginous emboli.
Lindsey Consults at Veterinary Specialist Services, Underwood on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is at the Gold Coast (Carrara) Clinic on a Monday afternoons and Thursday Mornings. For further details regarding appointment times and directions go to Contact Us.
An initial physiotherapy consultation includes a thorough assessment of your pet’s condition. This enables the physiotherapist to formulate an individually designed treatment program, including "Hands On” treatment techniques as well as a home exercise program allowing the owner to have an active role in their pet’s rehabilitation.
Physiotherapists have an extensive knowledge of many different treatment techniques, and are skilled at evaluating movement patterns both on dry land and in the water.
Treatment Techniques include:
- Soft tissue techniques including Myofasical release techniques and Trigger Point Therapy
- Joint mobilisations/manipulation
- Stretching/strengthening exercise
- Movement re-education
- Balance and Proprioception retraining
- Fitness training
Canine Hydrotherapy is now becoming very popular with several canine hydrotherapy pools opening in South East Queensland. Although swimming is beneficial for cardiovascular fitness, weight loss and during rehabilitation following injury or orthopedic surgery, it is important that an appropriate hydrotherapy program is designed by a qualified physiotherapist prior to the animal commencing swimming.
At Veterinary Specialist Services hydrotherapy using the underwater treadmill plays an invaluable part of many dogs rehabilitation. The advantage of using an underwater treadmill is that it enables the physiotherapist to facilitate the animal’s normal walking patterns rather than the different biomechanics used when swimming.
Each session the animal is re-assessed and their program adapted appropriately. To increase muscle strength and fitness the (workload) resistance can be increased by introducing water jets or by changing the speed of the treadmill.
The types of animals that would benefit from using the treadmill vary considerably from the older arthritic dog to those suffering orthopedic and neurological conditions that require rehabilitation to increase both limb range of motion, voluntary movement and muscle strength. It is also be helpful as part of a weight-loss program for any healthy overweight dogs.
All hydrotherapy sessions are supervised and can take up to approximately 30 minutes although at the beginning of their treatment they may only swim or walk for a few minutes.
The Ozone sanitized water in the treadmill is heated to approximately 30° to promote muscle relaxation and comfort.
Although some dogs are a little worried at first!
They soon have fun especially if they can bring a friend or two.