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Other
Animal
Physiotherapy

Although physio is most common with dogs and horses, other species can definitely benefit from regular sessions.

I have previously treated cats, rabbits, cows, donkeys, goats and even found solutions to hamster issues. Even when limited hands on physio is possible, environmental solutions centred around their musculoskeletal system can have a huge impact on health.

What to Expect

Prior to your visit, a referral form must be completed by your vets for me to work with your pet. This gives me permission (required by law) and their history so I have a good idea before I start of any issues present.

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Upon Arrival

Firstly, I like to meet your pet and start to form a bond whilst I chat to you about what the problem is and your outcome goals. I may want to look around their environment and ask questions about their husbandry. I am happy to treat with or without you there and I can explain everything as I go if you wish.

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Static Assessment

I will need to look at your animal from all angles to identify any abnormalities such as with posture, symmetry and conformation.

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Dynamic Assessment

Next is the trot up if possible, or I can learn lots from watching the animal naturally move within a space. For this I may require a handler and a suitable sized area, free from any potential hazards. Here I observe their movement and may record videos for reference. 

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Palpation Assessment

Finally, if possible, I will have a thorough feel over your animal. In this stage I can identify issues within the musculoskeletal system, which can be worked on with treatment. If I am unable to get hands on, I will devise a treatment plan based off my findings so far.

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After my assessment I will make a treatment plan for the session and explain what I am going to do and why. A typical session consists of an sports massage combined with other manual therapies like myofascial release and acupressure. I will implement electrotherapies when necessary such as the laser and PEME.

In situations where I cannot treat in the traditional way, my PEME machine is hands-free and I can get started on exercises.

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Following our session I will provide a full summary of the consultation, highlighting key areas for improvement. Within the document will be a bespoke exercise plan targeting these areas for you to work on between physiotherapy appointments. Environmental adaptations may also be suggested, along with tips and tricks. A report will also be sent to your vet to update them on the findings of the session.

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