Frequently Asked Questions
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy looks at your animal as a whole. Treatments used are, manual techniques, electrotherapies and targeted remedial exercise to optimise your animals health. Manual techniques used can include massage, stretching and passive range of motion. Laser therapy, pulsed electromagnetic therapy, heat therapy and cold therapy are included in electrotherapies. Targeted remedial exercise targets specific muscles to develop strength and tone. Some animals may also benefit from hydrotherapy.
What happens during a physiotherapy session?
A full assessment of your animal is carried out. This looks at how they stand, how they move and what their tissues feel like. Following this a treatment plan is devised and implemented. This will be discussed with you in detail and any questions answered. Sometimes you may be asked to perform exercises at home.
What are the benefits of physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy aids the optimum healing of tissues and therefore the recovery from injury. Physiotherapy promotes relaxation and reduces pain and discomfort. Quality of life and overall health is improved. Whilst increased fitness levels can contribute to improved performance.
How do I know if my animal needs physiotherapy?
All animals can benefit from physiotherapy. Most animals have some degree of muscle imbalance which can be targeted and improved. Like humans, animals also carry tension in their muscles which can be released, promoting relaxation and improving mood.
What is hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy uses warm water maintained at 28-32 degrees to exercise your animal. This temperature allows muscles to relax. Hydrotherapy allows your animal to work in a non- weightbearing environment which reduces stress on joints due to the buoyancy of water. Water provides resistance this increases the intensity of the exercise whilst reducing the duration.
What happens during hydrotherapy?
Before entering the pool your animal will be washed down in a warm shower and fitted with either a harness or life jacket. The therapist will enter the water with your animal. Your animal may swim laps around the pool or statically swim whilst the therapist ensures the animal is swimming properly. Your animal will take breaks, during this time the therapist may perform massage or some static exercises. Afterwards your animal will be washed to remove the pool water before being dried.
How many sessions will my animal need?
The number of session your animal will need varies dependant on why they have come for treatment and how they progress through their treatment.
Why do you need consent from my vet?
Your veterinary surgeon needs to consent to your animal having physiotherapy or hydrotherapy. This is a requirement of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, 1966. All therapists who are working legally with insurance should require this prior to treatment.
How can I book an appointment?
You can book your first appointment by sending me an email, filling in the contact us form or by phoning 07701080101. Follow up sessions can be booked online or via the options listed above.
Can I claim on my insurance?
Most insurance policies will cover treatment of physiotherapy or hydrotherapy but please check your policy wording document. If you require assistance with this I am happy to help.
What conditions can be treated?
There is a wide range of conditions which can be treated using physiotherapy or hydrotherapy some examples of which are...
Pre and post-surgery
Ligament and tendon injuries
Amongst the many medical conditions which can be treated fitness and weight loss can also be targeted and improved using physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
If you still have any questions please contact me via email, filling in the contact us form or telephoning 07701080101.
What has changed due to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Following on from the government update at the weekend and taking guidance from the leading professional bodies in my field I am now open to clients.
During this sad and difficult time my thoughts are with those who have lost friends and family during this crisis and I have the greatest respect for the NHS and other key workers.
Please note that unfortunately this will not be business as usual.
I am currently only opening on a thursday, this will be expanded as need arises.
The professional guidelines are under constant review at this time, risk assessment and social distancing measures will be in place. Under advisement of several different professional bodies I will begin a phased return to work, providing government guidance on social distancing can be followed.
All companion animals will be seen at my clinic only, I will not be doing home visits.
For equine appointments these will be assessed on an individual basis as to whether social distancing is possible and therefore if the appointment can continue safely.
Clinic visits- On arrival there will be a mask and gloves waiting for you outside, once these have been put on I will collect your animal from you using my lead whilst wearing PPE. Unfortunately you cannot enter the clinic, I will send you a detailed session report, detailed instructions for any exercises and I will also send you a video of the home exercises.
Yard visits- on arrival I ask that all gates are open, after completing the dynamic assessment you will be asked to place your horse back in the stable and leave until the appointment is over. I cannot let you be in the stable or watching over the door as this will not allow enough space to socially distance. After completing the session you will receive a detailed session report and home exercises.
Following on from your appointment I am more than happy to complete a video call to check your home exercises or have videos emailed to me. As always I will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Veterinary consent is still needed and no animal will be treated without it.
I hope you can all understand that in order to safely carry out my job these restrictions must be in place.
Thank you for your continuing support