Physical Rehabilitation


Sometimes animals need extra help following an injury, complicated surgery or as they grow into their senior years and begin developing arthritis. Here at Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital, we offer physiotherapy treatments for your pet.
The Bowen technique is a system of precise and subtle movements over muscles, tendons, nerves and fascia. We use this to encourage healing of joints and muscles after injuries and surgeries and to eliminate the pain and stiffness of arthritic animals.

Our physiotherapy treatments use the Bowen Therapy method in conjunction with PhysioKey.
We also use supplements from a sustainable company named 4Cyte which produce a product that comes in the form of granules and a gel.
The granules are made from shark cartilage and green lipped mussel and the gel named Epitalis Forte is made from the Epitalis plant and scientifically backed to strengthen ligaments and support joints.

Both 4cyte products are highly recommended for pets post surgery and who suffer from lameness diseases or arthritis. 4Cyte is a fantastic product and we have had incredibly positive feedback from clients.

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is a profession in which the practitioner applies specific manual techniques, and is represented by a system of applied myo-fascial stimulation to the body. The transverse soft tissue manoeuvre is a specialised treatment over specific muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.


Degenerative Joint Disease
Back Pain
Soft Tissue Injury
Neurological Disease
Post Operative Orthopaedic Surgeries
Improve Mobility in Older Pets
Sporting Canines
Show and Agility Canines

The advantage of Bowen Therapy is that it can be applied in conjunction with other modalities to individualise the patients treatment for the best possible outcome.

Physiokey Therapy

Physiokey is a hand held device that can be used to alleviate acute and chronic pain and to facilitate functional restoration and improvement.
The physiokey impulse is carried via afferent (sensory) nerve fibres to regulatory centres in the brain which in turn responds via efferent (motor) nerve fibres.
The physiokey interprets this response which results in its next impulse being modified accordingly. The pattern of impulses stimulate the nervous system via keypoints to restore and improve function


Acute and Chronic Pain
Passive Muscle Stimulation
Improvement and Recovery of Function
Assist in locating areas of pain that are not clearly presented
Measure Patients Response to Therapy

Physiokey may be used as a 'Stand alone' therapy or in conjunction with others.

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic Exercies are an essential part of a Physical Rehabilitation program.

Goals of Therapeutic Exercise:

Improve active pain-free range of motion and flexibility
Improve use of limb and reduce lameness
Improve muscle mass and muscle strength
Help prevent further injury


Improve rate of recovery
Improve quality and quantity of movement
Enhance the ultimate outcome
Enhance performance, conditioning and endurance

Therapeutic Exercise is a form of treatment which may be effective for the management of many neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. Programs are tailored to the individual patients requirements.