Physio & Massage Therapy


Physiotherapy encompasses

several different mediums that

can be used on their own or in

conjunction with another therapy 


Animal Physiotherapy utilises different hands on skills with the aim to promote and speed up recovery to good independent function, maintain and prevent secondary preventable complications developing and essentially restore the patient to a good functional and pain free state.

Here at Kernow Paws Rehabilitation we use various techniques to achieve these outcomes. These include:

  • Movement Therapies 
  • Soft Tissue Techniques - using massage therapies to loosen tension within the tissues. Accupressure point treatment.
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) - this uses an electrical current that passes through metal coils to direct a series of magnetic pulses through injured tissue. This stimulates cellular repair, encouraging the body's natural healing process.
  • Phototherapy - this involves applying visible light of a certain wavelength and colour to the affected area. Red light is used to treat healing wounds. Blue light is used to reduce bacteria in a wound.

Physiotherapies work very well in partnership with hydrotherapy for acute and chronic conditions. This can be discussed with you at any point through the treatment programme.

Physiotherapy uses passive range of movement, joint mobilisation, walking and movement over obstacles to improve strength and function. These exercises work well with massage to encourage movement and healing.

Massage is a remedial soft tissue and muscular manipulation which stretches the tissues and enourages blood flow and lymphatic circulation. This aids in joint flexibility, reduced pain by causing the release of endorphins, and promotes relaxation.

Physiotherapy and massage can be used to assist all animals, from those recovering post surgery/injury, to those compensating from orthopaedic conditions such as hip dysplasia, and even aid sporting competition dogs to maintain top condition and reduce risk of injuries.


  • Improved blood circulation
  • Increased supply of oxygen to muscles and tissues
  • Increased lymphatic circulation
  • Promotes elimination of waste products


  • Lameness/stiffness
  • Sports injuries    
  • Tendonitis

Discomfort associated with

  • Arthritis
  • Hip/Elbow dysplasia
  • Spinal conditions
  • And more


  • Pain relief - encourages endorphin release
  • Increased range of motion
  • Relieve muscle tension and spasm

PEMF - Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Another non-pharmaceutical and highly effective treatment is pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF).  Bio-Pulse PEMF systems have been in use for over 30 years on horses, dogs, cats and even elephants and giraffes! PEMF uses pulsing magnetic fields, developed by pulsing a small amount of battery current through coils of wire, to initiate normal biological cellular reactions that result in improved circulation and provide pain relief.

PEMF has the unique ability to pass through fur, skin, bandages and bone.   PEMFcan penetrate through the entire body of a dog lying on the bed reaching deep into the joints and muscles stimulating circulation.

The 30 to 60-minute treatment cannot be felt but the effect is noticeable and many times your pet will relax on the bed or even fall asleep. Typically, you will see results within two weeks and many times you will notice an immediate difference in the way your pet rises, walks and runs.

Quality of life is top of mind for any pet owner caring for an elderly or injured animal. Managing the pain and inflammation due to some of the conditions mentioned above is crucial to your pets comfort level and can indeed be managed or even remedied! So put a smile back on your pets face with a PEMF therapy treatment.


On your initial appointment we will discuss your dog's health, exercise and general daily routine. Your dog's gait and a hands on examination will be carried out and  a recording on our Stance Analyser will be taken if approprate. 

Once this assessment has taken place and the target areas have been pinpointed your dog will be settled in a comfortable position for treatment on our comfy treatment beds.  Depending on the length of treatment the patient is able to get up and walk around at times if they feel the need to.  Once they have learned that all they have to do is lie back and enjoy it they tend to relax and go to sleep!

How often the patient needs to be seen depends entirely on the condition and the patient. Some patients need only one session and others several. This will be discussed at the initial appointment and each subsequent appointment from then on.

The initial session will take approximately 60 - 90 minutes and is priced at £40

Individual treatments are £30 or buy a course of 3 for £80.