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Welcome to Bridgnorth Veterinary Centre Hydro-Physio Unit - As seen on TV!

We would like to introduce our facilities and ourselves. Our philosophy is to treat our clients animals as we would like our own to be treated. We pride ourselves on a high quality service and our friendly approachable manner. We believe communication with our clients is as important as the care their pet receives. In addition to the actual hydrotherapy we are offering an all round package for rehabilitation, physiotherapy and well-being.hydro dog

Our service can be used for dogs who:
  • Have undergone recent surgery
  • Have post-operative physiotherapy requirements
  • Have joint disease or neurological disorders
  • Need to get fit
  • Need to lose weight
  • Just like water!
We have a dedicated hydro-Physio suite, with a state of the art aquatic treadmill. Our staff are veterinary trained to a very high standard in hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. The aquatic treadmill is a unique hydrotherapy unit as it ensures control over limb placement and usage, rather than free swimming – in which very little limb control is possible. The water level aids buoyancy and can be useful in determining the angle of flexion or extension of joints.

How it works

hydro2We will give an initial consultation and full examination involving the vet and, if required, the physiotherapist. We then create a programme for that individual involving both the hydrotherapy unit and our physiotherapist. For most conditions we recommend twice weekly treatments, although some cases may just be once a week. Specific cases may require more intensive therapy e.g. spinal cases, which may respond well to twice daily treatment for a week or two as an in-patient.
 
We also have equipment we use both in and out of the unit for example floats, wobble boards and theraballs. Most cases will only be ‘wet’ for approximately 20-30 mins, as any more than this in one session can be exhausting. However it is best to allow a full hour per session for the full consultation, physiotherapy and rehabilitation package. In addition to the hydrotherapy, massage, energetics and therapeutic ultrasound can be performed.

Referral practices can download a fax form or complete the online form opposite. Anyone requiring more information can call or e-mail us.

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As well as the obvious veterinary rehabilitation uses for hydrotherapy we also recommend our unit for obesity control and fitness conditioning. Using the aquatic treadmill we can control and increase muscle tone, build up fitness and improve cardiac endurance. This form of exercise is perfect for those older, overweight dogs, who need to exercise, but find life on land a bit too difficult!

Recreation! – and then there are those who just love to swim. As previously mentioned we believe our unit is more beneficial than free swimming as we can control the exercise instead of them just splashing around! Therefore dogs who love water can have a controlled playtime, and get all the added benefits of hydrotherapy.

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for pets

The rehabilitation benefits of hydrotherapy have been widely accepted throughout history, starting with the roman baths and spas. The warm water used in our Hydro-Physio suite helps promote blood circulation, whilst helping to relax recuperating muscles. The introduction of a motorised treadmill allows the patient to exercise in a supported and controlled environment.

We all have one common goal in rehabilitation – to return the patient to exercise as soon as possible, to reduce recovery times, and improve patient well-being. The main patient benefits are:
  • hydro1Improve patient well-being
  • Reduce recovery times
  • Improve post-operative care
  • Increase strength and endurance of musculoskeletal tissues
  • Improve joint range of motion
  • Improve arthritis care through low-impact exercise
  • Improve respiratory system
  • Develop cardiovascular performance and endurance
Main indications:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fracture management – post-surgical
  • Cruciate ligament rupture – post-surgical
  • Neurological impairment
  • Contractures and scars
  • Chronic soft tissue injury
  • Muscle spasm and wasting
  • Obesity control
  • Conditioning – working and performance dogs
We offer a comprehensive rehabilitation programme, tailored to each individuals requirements. The idea behind hydrotherapy is to allow maximum muscle contraction with minimum weight bearing on joints and bones. In this way we can introduce therapeutic exercise post surgery much quicker than if land based only. This buoyancy allows ambulation when weight bearing would be contra-indicated and helps stabilise the body in a vertical position. The temperature of the water also has thermal benefits – warm water assists with pain relief, whilst cooler water reduces inflammation.

Specific uses:
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Luxating patellae
  • Spondylosis
  • Generalised osteoarthris!
These cases are very rewarding to treat, as huge improvements are often seen. Clients have reported a return to puppyhood and a great improvement in quality of life in older dogs! Often introducing hydrotherapy can lead to a reduction in the amount of medication and a reversal in exercise intolerance. Hydro-Physio also aids weight loss thus reducing the load on the joints when on land. It increases functional range of motion, nutrition and circulation in the peripheral limb. Hydro-physio is also useful in young animals who are not suitable candidates for surgery.

Benefits of Hydro Physio
  • Post-operative Care
  • Excision arthroplasty
  • Triple pelvic osteotomy
  • Cruciate repair
  • Osteotomy
  • Hemilaminectomy
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Tibial tuberosity transpositions
  • Arthrodeses
  • Contratures
  • Arthroscopy
Hydro-therapy can speed up rehabilitation, improve muscle tone and minimise loss of functional range of motion. We create a controlled environment for exercise and the buoyancy of the water reduces the load on the musculoskeletal structures. Often conditions can be degenerative and may be bilateral. Using hydrotherapy will also strengthen the ‘good’ leg, hopefully delaying or preventing bilateral disease.

Neurological conditions
  • Quadraplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Disc disease
  • ‘Stroke’
  • Degenerative radiculomyelopathy (CDRM)
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism
Hydro-physio is extremely important for post-op recovery of spinal cases, and for degenerative conditions. Repetition leads to neurological re-education and proprioceptive ability, whilst maintaining muscle strength and endurance. At the same time circulation to the peripheral limb is improved. Voluntary fore and hind limb motion can be seen far in advance of these movements on land.

How to Refer a Case

Referring vets need to complete the referral form (which you can download below) and fax it to 01746 711562. We will contact you to confirm the booking, and then contact the owner to arrange the appointment.
Alternatively you can contact us directly on 01746 711561 to discuss the individual case prior to booking an appointment. We can also answer queries by e-mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have provided a client information sheet which you can download below and hand out with details on what to do and how to find us. Please feel free to display our leaflet in your waiting room for those recreational users also! We always fax you a treatment record after each session, and will keep you updated and informed of progress. We believe follow-up and inter-practice liaison to be very important in successful case management.

Download referral form and fax

Complete referral form online


Download client information sheet

Estimations of Cost

Initial Referral Hydro Consult – including consultation and assessment £65.00
Subsequent Hydro-Physio appointments – Repeat consults/assessments. From £35.00 per session depending on time required
Fitness/Conditioning/Recreation from £25.00
These costs are approximate and may vary, please contact us for specific quotes.

Laser Therapy at Bridgnorth Veterinary Centre

As with human medicine, veterinary medicine is advancing every day, with this comes the introduction of new and alternative therapies for treating many conditions. In recent years alternative treatments such as hydro therapy and acupuncture have become very popular with pet owners due to the success in treating animals with pain free and safe alternatives  to the use of pain killing drugs alone. It is now recognised as a veterinary treatment option by insurance companies and is able to be claimed on pets insurance policy in most cases.

Studies on the beneficial effects of laser light on cells were recognised first about 40 years ago. Since then, like with other complimentary therapies, such as hydro and acupuncture,  many studies have been undertaken to show the positive effects of laser treatment for different commonly treated conditions including arthritis, skin disease, ear pain, wound  healing, reducing inflammation and pain relief.

New Class IV High Power lasers are 50 times stronger than their predecessors, the Class III or “cold” laser. This means the laser can provide much better results due to their ability to penetrate  tissues and increase production of cell “fuel” (ATP or Adenosine –triphosphate)

Laser light emitted from a Class IV  laser triggers a photochemical reaction in the animals body that increases blood flow to the tissue. This promotes growth, replication and repair of cells and therefore aids healing.  Most importantly there are no known side affects of laser therapy and it may decrease the need for surgery and medications, which is also beneficial for pets who cannot have pain relief medication ie due to existing  kidney/liver disease.

Patients do not need to be sedated for their treatment , fur does not need to be clipped, and we have found the vast majority of our patients really enjoy their sessions. Pets  can either stand, sit or lie down in most cases, and find the treatment relaxing.  The laser hand piece is held over the area to be treated and a light emits from the wand, penetrating the skin. Most pets feel a slightly warm sensation. Sessions last around 5-10 minutes and  are tailored to suit each pet individually, so for example laser therapy to treat a skin wound post operatively  may only need one or two sessions,  whereas a treatment for an arthritic pet may require a  longer  or more complex course  as multiple joints will be treated during one session.

In many cases the reported beneficial effects of laser are so good that some pets  require less pain medication or in some cases we may be able to stop it altogether. Some owners report immediate improvement in their pet’s symptoms whereas for some more complex  or severe conditions a series of treatments may be necessary before benefits are seen.

As with human medicine, veterinary medicine is advancing every day, with this comes the introduction of new and alternative therapies for treating many conditions. In recent years alternative treatments such as hydro therapy and acupuncture have become very popular with pet owners due to the success in treating animals with pain free and safe alternatives  to the use of pain killing drugs alone. It is now recognised as a veterinary treatment option by  insurance companies and is able to be claimed on pets insurance policy in most cases.

Studies on the beneficial effects of laser light on cells were recognised first about 40 years ago. Since then, like with other complimentary therapies, such as hydro and acupuncture,  many studies have been undertaken to show the positive effects of laser treatment for different commonly treated conditions including arthritis, skin disease, ear pain, wound  healing, reducing inflammation and pain relief.

New Class IV High Power lasers are 50 times stronger than their predecessors, the Class III or “cold” laser. This means the laser can provide much better results due to their ability to penetrate  tissues and increase production of cell “fuel” (ATP or Adenosine –triphosphate)

Laser light emitted from a Class IV  laser triggers a photochemical reaction in the animals body that increases blood flow to the tissue. This promotes growth, replication and repair of cells and therefore aids healing.  Most importantly there are no known side affects of laser therapy and it may decrease the need for surgery and medications, which is also beneficial for pets who cannot have pain relief medication ie due to  kidney/liver disease.

Patients do not need to be sedated for their treatment , fur does not need to be clipped, and we have found the vast majority of our patients really enjoy their sessions. Pets  can either stand, sit or lie down in most cases, and find the treatment relaxing.  The laser hand piece is held over the area to be treated and a light emits from the wand, penetrating the skin. Most pets feel a slightly warm sensation. Sessions last around 5-10 minutes and  are tailored to suit each pet individually, so for example laser therapy to treat a skin wound post operatively  may only need one or two sessions,  whereas a treatment for an arthritic pet may require a  longer  or more complex course  as multiple joints will be treated during one session.

In many cases the reported beneficial effects of laser are so good that some pets  require less pain medication or in some cases we may be able to stop it altogether. Some owners report immediate improvement in their pet’s symptoms whereas for some more complex  or severe conditions a series of treatments may be necessary before benefits are seen.