Veterinary Physiotherapy

Veterinary physiotherapy is now well established as a mainstream complementary treatment.

We offer physiotherapy consultations and treatments at our physiotherapy suite in Dundonald as part of our multimodal approach to treating your canine companion.

Our veterinary physiotherapist is Josie McKnight.

Acupuncture: The treatment involves a full musculoskeletal assessment of the patient and then placement of very fine, pre-sterilised, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body.
Often after treatment, animals exhibit behavioural changes, with improved appetite and demeanour and noticeable pain relief. Some individuals are very responsive to acupuncture and will show dramatic improvement after one treatment. The majority, however, will respond gradually over a period of time. On average, 4-6 treatments are required for the primary course. These are given weekly initially with increasing intervals progressively until the desired effect is achieved. The frequency of treatments depends on the individual animal’s needs, but regular top-ups are usually required to maintain the therapeutic effect. The needles are in for 10-20 minutes. In most cases, there is little objection to the placement.
As each treatment is specifically tailored to an individual animal, the protocol will vary. As in human medicine, approximately 20% of animals do not respond to acupuncture.
Remember – Most insurance companies cover acupuncture. You do NOT need to change your vet to use this service.
This service is provided by a fully qualified and experienced veterinary surgeon.
Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into particular locations on the body to alleviate pain, improve recovery rates and increase disease resistance. It has been practised by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years and may treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Acupuncture also stimulates the release of pain-relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord( endorphins, serotonin, noradrenalin, etc.), producing more generalised analgesia. These effects, combined with local needling of painful trigger points in taut muscle bands, result in exceptional pain relief.
The western approach to acupuncture is used predominantly in treating musculoskeletal disorders and, in particular, chronic pain states in animals. The effect of acupuncture is mainly segmental: nerves, muscles, and acupuncture points are needled in the same spinal segments as the affected or painful areas. “Pain gating”, as well as descending pain inhibition (via brain and spinal cord pathways), are involved.

Medical Laser: Therapeutic Lasers and LEDs increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair resolve inflammation and provide relief from both acute and chronic pain.  Widely researched and proven effective, photobiomodulation (or laser therapy) is a valuable form of treatment for animal athletes and companion animals alike, and helps improve the quality of life for ageing pets.

Soft Tissue Mobilisations: Soft tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains, are common. Soft tissues support organs and the musculoskeletal system and include skin, fat, muscle, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and fascia. 

Soft tissue injuries often occur when your muscles are abnormally tense, leading to problems, including: 
Soft-tissue mobilization therapy is used to treat some kinds of soft tissue injuries. It’s a manual therapy intended to relieve muscle tension, reduce scar tissue and address fascial tension. 

Examples include : 

  • pain
  • muscle weakness
  • a restricted range of motion
  • misalignment of your skeletal system

Soft-tissue mobilization therapy is used to treat some kinds of soft tissue injuries. It’s a manual therapy intended to relieve muscle tension, reduce scar tissue and address fascial tension.

  • Massage Joint Mobilisation
  • Myofascial release
  • Active and passive stretching

Electrotherapies: Electrotherapy includes a range of treatments using electricity to reduce pain, improve circulation, repair tissues, strengthen muscles, and promote bone growth, leading to improvements in physical functioning.

Examples of electrotherapy used include : 

Therapeutic ultrasound: With an ultrasound machine, high-frequency sound waves treat injuries to muscles, tendons, and soft tissues. The sound waves pass through the skin, causing the tissues in the affected area to vibrate. This can help to improve blood flow, break down scar tissue, improve healing and decrease pain. 

Neuromuscular electric stimulation (NMES): Muscle Stimulation is an artificial way of activating a muscle. Sometimes when recovering from an injury or pets suffering from arthritis, the muscles can start atrophy (waste away). The NMES can stimulate the muscles to work and gain strength without causing pain to your injury or arthritis. It mimics the impulses sent from the brain, and the muscle reacts accordingly. 

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation): This is a very safe electrotherapy method we use in the clinic. It provides pain relief by blocking nerve signals carrying pain messages to the brain. TENS also stimulates the production of endorphins – our natural pain-relieving hormones. 

Exercise Prescription: individual exercise programmes are utilised to help to encourage correct movement patterns and improve muscle strength, endurance, suppleness, proprioception (the animal’s awareness of where it’s limbs and body are in space), balance and stability as may be required. 

Veterinary physiotherapy is a science-based profession, which takes a holistic approach to each patient by providing functional assessment following veterinary referral. Physiotherapy for dogs can be used to help in the treatment or long-term management of many musculoskeletal or neurological injuries and conditions.

It can assist rehabilitation of your dog, with the aims of reducing pain, improving movement, and restoring normal muscle control and function. 

We work as a team with your vets to provide an agreed treatment plan.


Initial Consultation from..

£ 65
  • Acupuncture
  • Myofascial Release
  • Soft Tissue Mobilisations
  • Tigger Point Release & Massage
  • Remedial Exercise Programs incorporating both active and passive exercise
  • Provision of specialist knowledge to pet owner and re-education

Follow up Consultation from..

£ 49
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Clinical Laser Therapy
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy
  • Strapping / Joint Support
  • TENS
  • Cryotherapy & Heat Therapy