Veterinary Physiotherapy

Veterinary Physiotherapy

RA Therapy & Training provides a high-quality assessment & treatment service catering for a variety of animals across a range of disciplines. Veterinary Physiotherapy aims to reduce pain, restore mobility, accelerate healing and enhance performance therefore returning animals to optimal function.

Physiotherapy can benefit horses (& dogs) of all disciplines and abilities. Treatments use a variety of manual and electrotherapy techniques to treat the animal, as well as prescribing detailed remedial exercise programmes when required. Routine physiotherapy assessments are recommended to allow your animal to perform happily and to its optimum ability.

As a member of NAVP I carry appropriate professional & public liability insurance and work in accordance with the veterinary industries current legislation, ensuring the welfare of your animal is safeguarded. For more information about veterinary physiotherapy please see below.

If you are unsure whether physiotherapy is appropriate for your animal, please get in touch for free non-obligatory advice

Veterinary Physiotherapy is a scientific profession, which links a foundation of scientific knowledge with clinical practice, creating a holistic approach to the functional assessment of each animal. Veterinary physiotherapy can assist animal rehabilitation, by reducing pain, improving movement and restoring normal muscle control & function. Veterinary Physiotherapy may also be used alongside veterinary care to help in the treatment or long-term management of many musculoskeletal or neurological injuries and conditions or for the performance development of the animal athlete.

As such veterinary physiotherapy can be used to treat a range of musculoskeletal problems, including: muscle sprains, wound healing and tendon rehabilitation. In parallel to this, Physiotherapy can also be employed to benefit secondary conditions or problems that may arise because of a specific condition.

Conditions which may benefit from veterinary physiotherapy treatments include, but are not limited to;

Soft tissue injury (muscles, tendons and ligaments)

Joint conditions (arthritis)


Lameness and gait abnormalities

Back soreness (including kissing spine)

Spinal conditions (intervertebral disc disease)

Neck pain

Sacroiliac Issues

Poor performance

Wounds (acute or chronic)

Post-surgical rehabilitation

Pre/ Post competition treatment

Hip and elbow dysplasia

Cruciate ligament injuries

Neurological conditions

Post surgery rehabilitation


Patella luxations


Equine Bowen Therapy

Equine Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive holistic therapy recognised and acknowledged for it’s beneficial and far reaching effects on the body. By relieving tension and reducing pain this therapy helps reestablish equilibrium and promote healing as well as increasing flexibility and improving suppleness. The effects of The Bowen Technique include pain relief, lymphatic benefits and musculoskeletal realignment

The Bowen Technique is a gentle, non-intrusive hands on therapy which stimulates the body’s inner ability to heal itself to be activated. This reorganisation of the musculature of the body can bring increased energy levels and pain relief.

As a soft tissue therapy, it ‘disturbs’ the fascia or connective tissue, there is no pulling or cracking of joints and no insertion of needles. The therapist uses fingers or thumbs in a rolling action over specific muscles, tendons and ligaments, incorporating resting periods to allow the body to absorb the information and respond accordingly.

The treatment is essentially holistic, treating the whole body and is generally a pleasant and relaxing experience. A treatment will take approximately 45 minutes. Two or three treatments, usually at weekly intervals, may be required to achieve lasting relief.