Melissa Cook Veterinary Physiotherapy


Passionate about physiotherapy and animal rehabilitation specialising in working animals.

What to expect

I will look at your animal’s history and the condition diagnosed by your Veterinary Surgeon. I will then do an assessment. This will sometimes involve a gait assessment and a static assessment, whatever is suitable for the condition. Then I will decide on a treatment plan following your Veterinary Surgeons guidelines. I will then carry out the treatment as required and we will work together to decide on a suitable rehabilitation plan, tailored to your animal’s needs.

I use a range of specialised equipment designed for animal use


PEMF (Pulsed Magnetic Therapy)
Is one of the deepest treatments. It is useful in Chronic conditions such as arthritis. It aids healing and reduces pain.
NMES (Neuromuscular electrical stimulation)
Is used to stimulate nerves and muscles. Often used in patient’s that are recumbent to prevent muscle atrophy.
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) 
Stimulates the sensory fibres to achieve pain relief.
Red Light phototherapy 
Has many benefits- Stimulates wound healing – Arthritis – Soft tissue injuries. 

Types of treatment

Massage Not only does massage help to relax the patient it also increases blood flow and warms muscles. This is important as it allows me to perform other
passive exercises such as stretches.
Soft tissue mobilisations  Gentle pressure is applied to an area to stretch or move tissue. Soft tissue can refer to, skin, fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Trigger point therapy Trigger points are taught bands in muscles, often described as ‘knots’. Trigger point therapy aims to break down these areas as they can often be painful. These are usually associated with a restriction of movement.
Myofascial release Injury to tissue can cause adhesions and restrictions in the muscle and fascia. Myofascial release techniques are used to breakdown these areas to reduce pain and improve movement
Passive range of motion exercises are used to increase the range of movement in joints or any areas of the body. A common cause of restriction in joints are conditions such as arthritis where the animal is sore and not using the joints properly. Lack of movement causes the muscles to tighten around the joint.
Stretches  Are often performed alongside passive range of movement exercises. They help to maintain and improve muscle length.
Proprioception exercises These can help to restore normal movement and placement of limbs as part of the rehabilitation process. These are needed following nerve trauma.
Active range of motion exercises These are exercises that are carried out to increase the range of movement of joints and other restricted areas of the body.
They can be fun exercises that you are your animal friend can do together while aiding the rehab process.
Wound repair Some wounds can take a long time to heal. Phototherapy speeds the healing process.
Hot and cold therapies Heat can encourage blood flow to an area which aids healing Cold can be used to aid pain relief and reduce swelling.
Home exercise plans and advice After the initial treatment, I will give you some exercise plans that can be carried out at home. Also, I will give you some advice on changes you can make in your animal’s environment to help with their condition.
kinesiology taping Used to activate or release muscles. Aiding in pain relief and improving circulation.

Veterinary physiotherapists must work under the consent of a qualified veterinary surgeon, prior to physiotherapy treatment. Veterinary Surgeons act 1966.
Please download a referral form below which must be signed by your veterinary surgeon.