Animal Physiotherapy

Animal physiotherapy is a growing profession in Australia, and is especially important within the holistic pet healthcare model.

Jane Norton is a human physiotherapist who became qualified to extend her treatments to include animals in 2011. Jane loves a challenge and has treated a wide range of animals from small cats to large horses, however dogs predominantly fill up her schedule.

Physiotherapy for humans and animals alike, aims to restore optimal pain-free function to the body, which improves the individual’s quality of life. In order to restore this functioning physiotherapy addresses pain, movement, posture, strength and balance.

Most notably physiotherapy is not a passive treatment. Rather it’s collaborative partnership between the therapist and the patient (the pet and the owner) incorporating education, advice, manual therapies such as massage and joint mobilisations, as well as an active participation in the prescribed exercise program.

Each treatment is entirely tailored to the individual patient and condition, and can be discussed with Jane prior to the session. Currently Jane treats patients via home visits in the comfort of your pet’s own environment or within the clinic’s treatment rooms – prices vary accordingly and can be further discussed with Jane at the time of booking.


  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Improves joint range of motion and muscle flexibility
  • Increases muscle strength and tone through exercise
  • Prevents further movement dysfunctions or injuries
  • Accelerates the rehabilitation process and restores function

Conditions treated

  • Orthopaedic – cruciate ligament and cartilage of knee (stifle); fractures; hip and elbow dysplasia; muscle and tendon injuries, patella luxation, shoulder instability, toe injuries
  • Neurological – including spinal injury, vestibular and degenerative back conditions
  • Pre and Post surgical management for any orthopaedic condition
  • Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) in all body parts – the older pet
    Back pain
  • Soft tissue and sporting injuries

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