The Boness Physiotherapy Centre is located at our hospital site in Barton-le-Clay.
Physiotherapy is the use of physical and therapeutic methods to alleviate pain, promote healing and rehabilitation of the muscle and skeletal systems.
These methods have long been proven as an indispensable aid to the recovery of human ailments, and have now become an important part of veterinary medicine too. Like other courses of treatment, physiotherapy must be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon.
Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine techniques but has been extensively scientifically researched and has a place in modern therapeutics both for ourselves and our pets. It can be used as an adjunct or alternative to traditional medicine, primarily for the treatment of pain. It can be used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory painkillers and is believed to work differently from these drugs. Research suggests that stimulation of acupuncture points acts on pain receptors that send messages to the brain saying that it no longer hurts, rather like rubbing your elbow when you have just knocked it.
Pets tolerate acupuncture surprisingly well and it can be really helpful for those pets who are not able to take traditional painkillers as well as those that are becoming resistant to them. It can produce some very quick responses in acute injuries as well as assisting the recovery of patients from major orthopaedic surgery allowing them virtually painless mobility and earlier to normal mobility.
The hydrotherapy underwater treadmill is our flagship piece of physiotherapy equipment. Since 2008 we have been able to provide hydrotherapy in an underwater treadmill. This high tech piece of equipment is the same that is used by top sports physio advisors to some of our greatest teams. The unique benefit of the treadmill is that, unlike swimming, it is the only form of hydrotherapy that actively rehabilitates walking and trotting movements in our patients. It allows your pet to exercise while being supported by the buoyancy of water.
Hydrotherapy is also very helpful to speed up recovery from broken bones and after other major orthopaedic operations. Hydrotherapy can speed up return to normal mobility by as much as three fold!
Aerobic exercise in the underwater treadmill is also useful in the battle against obesity and for getting dogs into peak condition prior to the working season. Treatment sessions are only due under the directions of a vet and supervision of a qualified veterinary nurse, and are often claimable as a valid treatment with many pet insurance companies. Sessions are available by appointment and will be completed by physiotherapy exercises both at the centre and at home.
Drying facilities are available and if you cannot spare the time to attend yourself, you will be able to drop your pet off. If you would like to see a session before booking one, we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a painless procedure that is used to reduce pain and swelling in soft tissues. It can be used to treat superficial and deep tissues and is effective in the treatment of tendonitis, sprains, ligament damage and arthritis. It is also useful to help relieve muscle spasm associated with spinal pain, and recent trauma. This procedure is able to be carried out without any sedation.
Laser Therapy With K-Laser
Laser therapy is a great new technique to ease pain and repair tissue. It gets deep into the tissues to help stimulate blood flow and consequently help the body to repair itself.