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

Fully insured Veterinary Physiotherapist covering Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire

Veterinary Physiotherapy

Striving for soundness, suppleness and sucess...
Manual Therapy​
Physiotherapy helps to enhance movement and function of the musculoskeletal system through the use of manual therapy, electrotherapy, remedial exercise and practical management. All animals can benefit from physiotherapy just like us, whether they are recovering from injury, preparing for competition or just needing general maintenance. Physiotherapy covers a wide range of individual specialised treatments including manual therapy, electrotherapy, remedial exercise and management adaptations. Electrotherapies such as Laser, Ultrasound, TENS, NMES and PEMF can be used as individual treatments and incorporated into a physiotherapy session.

As per current legislation veterinary permission is required before any therapist may treat an animal therefore your vets contact details will be required to seek authorisation for physiotherapy.


​​There are multiple indications your animal may benefit from physiotherapy;​​
here are just a few:

  • Resistance to bend one way or accept a contact
  • Increased stiffness on one rien
  • Difficulty striking off on one canter lead
  • Reluctance to go forward in transitions
  • Abnormal behaviour (bucking, rearing, napping, avoiding jumps)
  • Reluctant to go forward, stiffness or toe dragging
  • Irregular feeling in paces (as subtle as the rider feeling that they are sat more to one side)
  • Disuniting or bunny hopping in canter, changing legs un-necessarily
  • Difficulty going up or downhill
  • Cold backed, previous or present saddle problems
  • Spasm and discomfort when grooming or tacking up
  • Movement compensations due to injury e.g. arthritis
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Loss of performance or difficulty stepping up your training
  • Poor posture or conformation
  • Present or previous injury
Remedial Exercise