Animal Rehabilitation (Rehab) is the application of physiotherapy assessment and treatment techniques to the animal patient. Human Phyiotherapists who are passionate about animal health care, obtain advanced education (dependent on country or provincial/state reguations) to translate their skills to specialize in equine, canine, feline, etc. The goal is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance.
The assessment includes an evaluation of movement, spinal and joint function, coordination, range of motion, strength, neurological function and special tests. Treatment utilizates manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, modalities (such as laser, estim, ultrasound, shockwave) and exercise prescription. Animal Rehab therapists work closely with the animal owners, the handlers, as well as Veterinarians. This is one of the fastest growing areas of physiotherapy.