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Our Services

Decrease Pain / Improve Function / Enhance Quality of Life

Veterinary Physiotherapy

We help animals with a range of conditions including arthritis, dysplasia, sports specific injuries and prevention and general MOTs. We also work with animals that have cruciate issues both pre and post injury, and neurological conditions including nerve and disc problems.

We work with animals with a range of conditions for musculoskeletal to neurological issues such as arthritis, dysplasia, cruciate disease, intervertebral disc disease and many more. We work closely with vets for conservative management of conditions and for post operative rehabilitation.  We also see animals to help with injury prevention, sport specific fitness and general MOTS.

We have the only physiotherapy and hydrotherapy centre, including an underwater treadmill and a doggie gym in the Highlands!

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy uses the warmth of the water to help soothe muscles and provide pain relief for your pet.

 

The support of the water reduces the concussive forces and impact going up through their joints and spine. This allows gentle and controlled rehabilitation and strengthening exercises to help build strength, and achieve active range of motion in joints. Our water temperature is set to a proven therapeutic temperature for soothing and relaxing muscles. 

The viscosity of the water helps with circulation, passing oxygen and nutrients around the body which helps healing and reducing inflammation and swelling. 

The buoyancy and viscosity of the water in the underwater treadmill improves balance and core strength. This helps to build confidence and re-educate movement and gait. It also helps to challenge proprioception, this is the bodies awareness of position. This helps with strengthening and injury prevention.

Manual and Electrotherapy's

We use a range of manual therapies including massage, myofascial release and stretching. Manual therapies help to reduce muscle tension and spasm as well as improve circulation to nagging joints. 

We also have several electrotherapy machines including laser therapy, pulsed-electromagnetic therapy, NMES and TENS.

Laser Therapy uses light at a certain frequency to help reduce pain, aid recovery and promote healing. Laser works to activate cells in the body helping to stimulate the bodies own pain relief and healing system. The laser is a non-invasive, non-painful treatment. Here at Alba Physiotherapy Veterinary Services we see great results from laser treatments. We mainly use it for treating muscle tension and joint pain. It is one of our physio’s favourite electrotherapy's.

 

Pulsed-electromagnetic (PEMFT) sends bursts of low magnetic frequencies directly into the body to aid pain relief and healing. Pulses-electromagnetic therapy is a  non-invasive form of treatment. At Alba Physiotherapy we mainly use PEMFT for sore and arthritic joints. 

 

NMES- Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation uses small electrical impulses to stimulate muscles that are weak or paralysed. We mainly use NMES in dogs with severe muscle loss caused by  intervertebral disc disease.

 

TENS- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation sends electrical pulses through the skin to initiate the body’s own pain relief systems. We use TENS mainly on horses and short haired dogs to help ease muscle pain and discomfort.

Doggie Gym

Our Doggy Gym consists of a wide range of strength and conditioning equipment enabling us to work with dogs of all strength and fitness levels. Some of our main pieces of equipment include cavaletti poles, trampolines, wobble boards and cushions, peanut balls, steps and much more. Aside from our in clinic strengthening we will also prescribe a unique home exercise program tailored to your dog and you.

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