Alice Darby Veterinary Physiotherapy
BSc. MSc. Vet Phys. MNAVP. RAMP registered. BHSAI

Fully insured Veterinary Physiotherapist covering Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire


LLLT – Low Level Laser Therapy

Laser delivers infra-red light energy to the cells and can be adjusted in intensity to suit different conditions. Laser is most effective in treating a range of different soft tissue injuries; tendon or ligament injury, wounds, inflammation, oedema, acupressure points, trigger points and muscle spasm.

Laser causes photobioactivation (stimulation of biological events using light energy) which excites the cells and generates a cascade response; stimulating the immune response, increasing quality of repair and speeding up the healing process. It also provides pain relief at higher doses and is an effective method of treating local muscle spasm, penetrating without pressure, Laser is invaluable for treating sore and sensitive areas without causing discomfort.

Shortwave Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a high frequency sound wave that produces mechanical vibrations which increases tissue pliability, cell metabolic rate, oxygen, blood and lymph to the area. Ultrasound works best on collagen dense tissues such as tendons, ligaments and scared tissue. There is much research supporting its use on tendon and ligament repair showing enhanced collagen production and quality, accelerated repair, and a reduction to scar tissue, adhesions, spasm and pain. 
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field – PEMF

This is very different from static magnets and works using a pulsed electromagnetic field. It increases transportation of ions across a membrane and can help to constrict or dilate blood vessels dependant on the settings used. PEMF is a useful treatment to target deeper tissues that other therapies cannot reach, it is also useful to decrease pain and soften sore muscles in areas where manual therapy is not tolerated or to add additonal effect to massage.
NMES – Neuro-Muscular Electrical Stimulation

NMES passes a small electrical current between two electrodes to excite motor nerves to create gentle muscle contraction. NMES increases blood flow, removal of waste products and movement of nutrients which in instrumental in maintaining muscle health, reducing spasm and restoring function. 
 TENS - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

TENS works by passing a small electrical current between two electrodes, it excites sensory nerves to block the pain gate and when used for longer periods activates the opioid system which provides a prolonged carry over of pain relief even after the machine has been removed. TENS can also act as a mild muscle pump stimulating the sensory nerve fibres to create a mild muscle twitch.