• Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapy is geared towards the treatment of symptoms and the functional, mobility-related, and activity-related limitations of the patient. The goal is to restore the functions of the musculoskeletal system which often leads to pain reduction or the complete absence of pain.

    Tissue, muscles, joints, and the skeletal system are treated to cure limited functionality or prevent secondary damage. It is the treatment of choice for joint deformities, paralysis, scar treatment, and muscle development before and/or after surgery.

    Physiotherapy also has an impact on the internal organs. It affects the nervous system, the circulatory system, lymph flow, and promotes blood flow to the organs, especially the skin.

    Our diagnostics and therapy prioritize a holistic approach to our patients’ health. We are not only interested in the immediate problem but also look for correlations. Old injuries or surgical scars, for example, can cause problems that must be taken into consideration.

    What does physiotherapy involve?


    Massages are used for the mechanical manipulation of skin, connective tissue, and muscles through stretching, pulling, or pressure movements. The effect of the massage extends from the part of the body treated to the whole organism, including the psyche. This also applies to manual therapy (osteopathy, traction).

    Active and passive therapeutic exercise

    Therapeutic exercise includes stretching or passive movements and manual therapies.

    Exercises in water (hydrotherapy) can be used to supplement successful therapy. One well-known example used in human therapy is Kneipp therapy.

    Thermotherapy (heat and cold therapy)

    Thermotherapy includes heat and cold therapy. Heat or cold treatments can provide relief for certain diseases as well as pain. Heat and cold therapy are often used as preparatory and complementary measures for physiotherapy treatments.

    Other methods

    Technical aids such as laser therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, magnetic therapy, interferential current (electrotherapy), and underwater treadmill are very successful treatment methods.

    Hydro-, thermo-, and electrotherapy are also referred to as physical therapy and are a part of physiotherapy.

    When does my pet need physiotherapy and which patients require physiotherapy?

    Physiotherapy is used to aid recovery from orthopedic injuries. These include broken bones and torn ligaments.

    Other areas of application include chronic degenerative (wear-related) musculoskeletal disorders such as arthrosis, spondylosis, or muscle atrophy.

    Even in the case of the often congenital luxating patella (“slipping kneecap”), physiotherapy is often very successful.

    Other congenital deformities such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia can become very painful. Regular massages and physiotherapy are used to build muscle, to promote relaxation, and to relieve severe pain.

    Many old (geriatric) animals suffer from various types of wear of the joints. Incorrect strain, improper posture, and incorrect movements lead to painful tension and muscle atrophy.

    What can physiotherapy do for an animal?

    The primary aim of physiotherapy is pain relief, which is achieved mainly through muscle relaxation, muscle development, and the recovery of a natural sequence of movements.

    Is physiotherapy pleasant for my pet?

    We introduce our patients to the therapy with great care. Our goal is for them to relax completely and learn that the treatment is a pleasant thing. The patient can only participate properly in the treatment if he is relaxed and not anxious. Dogs who are familiar with the therapy often demand the relaxing massage.

    Can I do anything to support the treatment?

    Positive cooperation with both humans and animals is important to us. After each therapy session, we assign the pet owner some homework. Strong collaboration with the pet owner is a necessary prerequisite for successful physiotherapy.

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    20359 Hamburg – St. Pauli
    Tel: 040 – 434001
    E-Mail: info@tierarztpraxis-am-millerntor.de