Physiotherapy in the human medical field has become an essential form of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory care from paediatrics to geriatrics and sports medicine and now, the use and benefits of physiotherapy in the veterinary field is becoming more widely appreciated.
According to the definition adopted by the World Health Organisation, physiotherapy is "the art and science of treatment using therapeutic exercise and physical agents such as heat, cold, light, water, massage, electricity, etc."
In addition, physiotherapy includes the execution of manual and electrical tests to determine the level of intervention required to recover muscle strength, joint movement and the range of vital capacity, as well as diagnostic aids for monitoring recovery.
Physiotherapy aims to develop, maintain and restore the maximum degree of functional capacity in animals with musculoskeletal disorders, injuries, or following surgeries or medical interventions.
Ultimately, physiotherapy assists the body in healing as efficiently as possible to return the body to as close to fully functional as possible, reducing pain and improving quality of life as a result.