Sevices

Services

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The Horse:

Conditions treated:

  • Back, neck and pelvic pain
  • Muscle pain, strains & tears
  • Muscle imbalance / atrophy
  • Pain, stiffness or discomfort
  • Joint problems (e.g. stiffness, swelling, arthritis)
  • Tendon/ligament injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Neurological problems
  • Performance problems
  • Rehabilitation following before and after surgery
  • Maintenance
  • Pre/post competition treatment
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  • Physiotherapy assists in guiding the healing process after an injury has occurred.
  • Together with rehabilitation exercises physiotherapy can return your animal to normal functioning.
  • Aims of therapy include enhancing healing of tissues, minimising scar tissue formation, reducing pain and reduction of muscle wastage. 
  • Physiotherapy helps to improve flexibility, mobility and strength in the athletic horse.
  • Incorporating maintenance visits throughout the competition season helps to prevent and manage of injuries which crop up during the competition season.
  • By catching problems when they occur in their infancy gives your horse the chance to recover quickly by allowing your horse to use their body at their optimum, as well as to understand the needs of the horse.
  • This allows your horse to perform at their peak performance levels as they compete through the season. 
  • Physiotherapy can help to relieve pain and stiffness, reduce inflammation and pain in your elderly horse.
  • As the horse ages, a long working career can take its toll on the body.
  • Therefore by promoting movement and maintaining muscular strength, we can support weak joints and maintain an animals ability to move freely.
  • Thereby extending the working career and ensuring the comfort of the horse in its senior years.

For Dogs:

Conditions treated:

  • Back, neck & pelvic pain
  • Hip & elbow dysplasia
  • Cruciate ligament injuries
  • Pre and Post surgical treatments
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain, stiffness or discomfort
  • Muscle/tendon/ligament strains or rupture
  • Neurological problems
  • Fractures
  • Obesity
  • Maintenance
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  • Treatment immediately after injury or surgery can guide owners through this hard time in their pets’ lives.
  • Ultimately the aim of the treatment is to manage pain, enhance healing and encourage weight bearing, as well as increasing strength, returning your animal back to normal functioning.
  • This ensures the best long term success post-injury.
  • Orthopaedic conditions such as hip dysplasia and cruciate ligament injuries are common in dogs.
  • These result in pain and loss of function for our dogs.
  • As a result physiotherapy can be used to work either alongside (or as an alternative) to veterinary treatment whether these conditions are treated surgically or conservatively.
  • The aim of physiotherapy will be to increase functionality, as well as guiding those involved through the rehabilitation process.
  • Ultimately to achieve improved mobility, function and quality of life of our pets. 
  • Damage to nervous tissue cuts off the connection between the brain and the muscles.
  • As a result of the muscles cannot function properly and muscle wastage begins.
  • We aim to maintain function of these tissues by encouraging use of the body through rehabilitative exercise.
  • Neurological problems require time and patience… however, with physiotherapy the prospects of recovery are significantly increased.
  • Exercise programs will help to improve strength, re-educate gait patterns, and improve proprioceptive awareness
  • As our pets age, the body becomes stiff and painful, restricting movement and decreasing functional capabilities.
  • By maintaining movement of the joints and strength of the muscle we can help to support our elderly dogs, improving their quality of life and increasing their lifespan.
  • It is vital to keep them moving to maintain the flexibility and strength of the muscles supporting the joints.
  • With age, wear and tear is normal, causing pain and discomfort linked with arthritis.
  • Physiotherapy aims to decrease pain, improve co-ordination, maximise strength and mobility as your pet ages.

The Treatment:

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How it works:

  • The first step is to get in touch via phone or the contact form below.

  • From there we can discuss your case and arrange an at home visit for your dog or a visit to your stable for your horse.

  • In the initial consult a full history will be taken, informing me of prior treatments and veterinary diagnosis.

  • Your animals movement and conformation will be assessed. Together with a hands on assessment to check reactions to range of motion and palpation.

  • All this information will be combined to get a picture of what is needed for your animal and the best course of treatment to follow.

Each case is treated as an individual.

  • Depending on the nature of the problem, the physiotherapy program that follows will cater to their needs specifically.

  • My role in the treatment process is to enhance healing after injury or surgery and bring comfort to your animal.

  • This is to ensure they are capable of undertaking their rehabilitation program which will be done by the owner. Owner involvement and co-operation are vital to the success of any rehabilitation program.

  • At home exercises will be left to target weight bearing, strengthening, flexibility and proprioceptive awareness.

  • The number of sessions vary from cases to case, with most cases needing between 2-6 treatments.

  • Some cases may require long term maintenance which will be discussed through the treatment process.

  • It is ideal to have the owners involved in the sessions, however after an initial consult, sessions may be conducted without the owner at home if required.

  • It is my aim to build a relationship and connect with each animal that I work with.

  • If you have a difficult dog, it can take time to build up the trust relationship needed to work with them.

  • Please be patient with this process as in almost all cases, the dogs learn that I am there to help them and in the long term will get the treatment they require.

  • Please have your animal ready for my arrival and any necessary equipment close by.

  • This ensures we can make the most of the time within each consult. As I am mobile, I will give an approximate time of arrival and each session will be around 1 hour long.

  • Ensure your veterinarian is aware and has approved the use of physiotherapy which will be working along side their treatment program.