Manual physiotherapy treatments offered by Deluxe Vet Physio include:


Specialist massaging can help to reduce muscle tightness, improve circulation, speed up recovery following injury or surgery though relieving muscle spasms and increasing blood flow to affected areas.

Trigger point release

A trigger point is a highly-irritable neuromuscular specific point or area that can cause pain to refer to another part of the body, muscle spasm and restrict range of movement. Physiotherapy can release trigger points using a number of different techniques.

Myofascial release

Myofascial is connective tissue situated in and around muscles which can become restricted due to injury, overuse or inactivity resulting in pain, tension and reduced blood flow. Myofascial release is a slow, effective physiotherapy technique to release muscle tension, break up scar tissue and restore balance and function. It can also prevent injury occurring by maintaining flexibility and range of movement.

Range of motion

Range of motion refers to the movement of a joint from its fully flexed position to its fully extended position and these physiotherapy exercises are done to prevent muscle wastage and strength or to increase it.

Joint mobilisation

Joint mobilisation is a technique used to physically affect a joint. Physiotherapy can help your animal to achieve their full range of motion in their joints through flexing, extending and stretching joints which can provide ease of movement, reduce stiffness, decrease joint pain and increase function.

Joint manipulation

Joint manipulation is a further advancement of joint mobilisation, performed if the joints are too stiff and/or are not responding to the mobilisation techniques and involves the joint being carefully positioned by the physiotherapist and gently thrusted to restore full movement.


Stretching exercises encourage the lengthening of muscles and their associated tendons to assist in normalising the muscle length and tension ratio. It is hugely beneficial for improving range of motion, reducing scar tissue adhesions, improving elasticity and providing effective pain relief for short, tight, stiff or sore muscles.

Soft tissue mobilisation

Soft tissue mobilisation is used to relax muscles, promote healing and breakdown scar tissue by helping to remove waste products from the damaged area which increases the speed of the healing process.

Hawk Grips Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation

Hawk Grips Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation is an increasingly popular treatment method used by clinicians around the world in human physiotherapy. In its ideal form IASTM treatment entails the skilled utilisation of precision metal instruments to alleviate adhesions and scar tissue.

Deluxe Vet Physio are the first Veterinary Physiotherapy service in the UK to offer this treatment. These tools allow:

  • Quicker detection of restrictions in soft tissue
  • Quicker and easier break up of tissue densities
  • Reductions in scar tissue
  • Significant increases in range of motion
  • Treatment of acute and chronic conditions
  • Decreased pain for patient
  • The Hawk Grips tools can be used to treat:
    • Trigger point release
    • Scar tissue and adhesions, such as mature post-surgical scarring
    • Oedema reduction, such as acute swelling and lymphoedema
    • Ligament pain
    • Myofascial pain

For more information read A Veterinary Perspective on the Soft Tissue and Pain Management Course by Gorgia Lisi

Veterinary Kinesiology

Veterinary kinesiology’s philosophy is that the products, combined with the right method and concept, should help, support and speed up the body’s recovery in a natural and healthy way. Tape can be applied to different areas using a range of specific taping techniques. The primary goal is to improve the condition of the animal’s body without the use of chemical substances (pharmaceuticals, medicine).

Exercise prescription

These exercises may be demonstrated to you to enable you to help maintain or enhance muscular strength and proprioception of your animal.

  • Rhythmic stabilisations
  • Balance exercises
  • Ground work
  • Pole work
  • Active range of movement
  • Stretching
  • Surface training
  • Slopes, ramps and step exercise
  • Proprioceptive enhancements
  • Transitions
  • Obstacles
  • Training aids
Gorgia Lisi, Equine Veterinary Physiotherapist, Oxfordshire
Gorgia Lisi, Equine Veterinary Physiotherapist, Oxfordshire
Gorgia Lisi, Equine Veterinary Physiotherapist, Oxfordshire
Gorgia Lisi, Equine Veterinary Physiotherapist, Oxfordshire

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