Animal Physiotherapy & Other Complimentary Therapies

Efficacy of animal physiotherapy

Animal physiotherapy efficacy derives from the achievements in the health of the animals. Animal physiotherapy induces the application of the common areas of treatment. First, there is the performance enhancement of the animals under consideration (Watson 2016). Also, there is also the use of the post-rehabilitation of animals that have neurological conditions (Zaki 2017). The quality of life of the animals is also enhanced through the reduction of degeneration of various animal conditions (Berg 2016). The efficacy is measured by the quality of life restored for the animals and the effect of the satisfaction of the people.

The quality of movement and the function of the animals are improved through animal physiology. The life of animals is restored back to normal if the level of pain and other complications is limited (Strange 2016). Animals lead a happier life when they are not in pain, and their health has been restored (Michalski 2018). The efficacy of the physiotherapy is seen in the restoration of the muscle strength of the animals (Nazari 2019). Efficacy is also measured in terms of the ability of the process to prevent the reduction of the muscle loss in the animals. The process contributes to the alleviation of pain in the animals rising from the chronic conditions of the animals (Samoy 2016). There is also the increased speed of recovery for the animals. Animals do better when they recover faster from stress conditions.

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Case studies related to animal physiotherapy

Kenzo, a cat, had all the four legs paralyzed, and could not be able to walk. He was taken to a veterinary while lying on the side. Upon the first medical treatment, Kenzo was left lying on the stomach. It turned out to be that the cat was able to walk again after two weeks of the treatment. The recovery came even though the veterinary officer gave one of the options as euthanasia. However, physiotherapy proved to have been a better option for the animal as it recovered fully. This is a lesson that people need to seek alternative therapies before considering ending the life of an animal.

Comparison and contrast with other animal complimentary therapy

Physiotherapy compares to surgery in that they are aimed at enhancing the recovery of the animal n consideration. However, physiotherapy involves mainly the use of medicine in treatment. On the other hand, surgery is used when an operation requires to be done on an animal. Physiotherapy is best when to use when the animal suffers from tissue problems (Bonnevie 2015). On the other hand, surgery is best to use when an animal suffers from broken limbs or any other part of the body.

The enhancement of a real relationship between the animals and the people is another complimentary therapy. Emotional relationship therapy compares to physiotherapy as they can be used together when an animal is in pain (Wosiski 2019). On the other hand, emotional relationship therapy is beneficial when an animal suffers stress, and therefore, no medicine could be best (Goldberg 2019). The best therapy when an animal suffers from stress is through offering company, which could be enhanced through an emotional touch.

Euthanasia compares to physiotherapy as it aims at ending the pain of the animal. However, the two differs in that physiotherapy is supposed to be a priority while euthanasia should be applied as a last result (Prydie 2015). Where there is hope to restore the health of an animal, physiotherapy is the best to use. On the other hand, it is best to use euthanasia where the animal is in great pain, and there is no hope of recovery.


Works cited

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Bonnevie, Tristan, et al. “Inspiratory muscle training is used in some intensive care units, but many training methods have uncertain efficacy: a survey of French physiotherapists.” Journal of physiotherapy 61.4 (2015): 204-209.

Goldberg, Mary Ellen. “A walk on the wild side: a review of physiotherapy for exotics and zoo animals.” Veterinary Nursing Journal 34.2 (2019): 33-47.

Michalski, Tomasz, et al. “Efficacy of stretching in physiotherapy and sports.” Polish Annals of Medicine/Rocznik Medyczny 25.2 (2018).

Nazari, Ahmad, et al. “Efficacy of high-intensity laser therapy in comparison with conventional physiotherapy and exercise therapy on pain and function of patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial with 12-week follow up.” Lasers in medical science 34.3 (2019): 505-516.

Prydie, David, and Isobel Hewitt. Practical physiotherapy for small animal practice. Wiley Blackwell, 2015.

Samoy, Yves, Bernadette Van Ryssen, and Jimmy Saunders. “Physiotherapy in small animal medicine.” Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 85.6 (2016): 323-334.

Strange, Marianne, and Keith Walley. “Barriers to innovation: the adoption of physiotherapy as a treatment in the UK veterinary sector.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review 2.5 (2016): 22-31.

Watson, Tim, and Katie Lawrence. “Electrophysical agents in animal physiotherapy.” Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals (2016): 212.

Wosiski‐Kuhn, Marlena, et al. “Inflammation, immunity, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: II. immune‐modulating therapies.” Muscle & Nerve 59.1 (2019): 23-33.

Zaki, S. “Animal model-specific associations between osteoarthritis pathology and pain–phenotype does matter.” Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 25 (2017): S35.