phisiotheraphy for cats and dogs

Aims at promoting, maintaining, or restoring the patient’s health through various skills offered by a physiotherapist which may include:

Manual therapy

  • Massage: Affects the soft tissue structures to decrease pain and tightness, improve circulation and lymph drainage.
  • Stretching: Improves joint flexibility and extensibility of tendons, ligaments and muscles.
  • Myofascial release: Eliminating restrictions in the fascia between the muscles and the skin in order to decrease pain and restore movement.
  • Tui na: Several techniques such as brushing, kneading, rolling, pressing, and rubbing the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.


  • Laser (Class 3B): Non-invasive light energy of a specific wavelength which enhances cell function and accelerates healing.
    *Please note that the Laser should only be used by a qualified professional as it can damage eyes and is contra-indicated to use over malignancy, metal implants and a pregnant uterus.
  • Photizo: red and infrared light at specific wavelengths and frequencies that accelerates natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain.*Photizo is safe to use at home on yourself and animals as the light can cause no harm. Not to be used over malignancy. The Photizo Vetcare allows increased blood flow into the area that is being treated and ensures that any waste products are removed from the area.
  • Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS): Electrical impulses sent to the targeted muscle to contract and relax, generally used to improve muscle strength and endurance.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): Electrical impulse sent into the nerves to block pain and release endorphins.
  • Stimpod: Electrical impulse sent to a specific point a nerve pathway to stimulate nerve sensation to a muscle.


Adhesive tape applied onto the skin to decrease swelling, increase proprioceptive feedback and excite or relax a muscle.

Therapeutic exercises

Specific exercises aimed at strengthening desired muscle groups.Respiratory physio: Physiotherapy techniques used to facilitate clearing of the airway in patients with respiratory diseases.

Thermo – and Cryotherapy

Superficial heating by heat packs to increase blood flow, decrease pain and stiffness. Ice packs or ice cup massage to decrease blood flow, swelling and to numb pain.


See our other services and treatments
Read more about physiotherapy for dogs
Read more about hydrotherapy for dogs
Read more about animal acupuncture
Our rehab facility is at the Fourways Veterinary Hospital