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What to expect from a treatment

Please make sure your dog/horse is clean and dry in a quiet comfortable area.

  1. A detailed case history will be taken.

  2. A static assessment of the animal's conformation, posture and condition will be carried out.

  3. A dynamic assessment will include a walk and trot up and turning in a circle (for horses this may include ridden work or on the lunge) to assess gait quality.

  4. Palpation- your animal will be thoroughly felt to assess muscle size, symmetry and tone as well as detecting joint range of motion, connective tissue quality and any signs of pain.

  5. Treatment will be given (see below for range of techniques used).

  6. Remedial exercises are explained to the owner for them to continue at home between treatment sessions.

  7. A full report of your animal will be sent to you and your veterinarian detailing the therapy assessment and treatment session and any remedial exercises.

Techniques used during treatment sessions

  • Massage

  • Myofasical release, trigger and stress point release

  • Stretching

  • Mobilisations (including Osteopathic techniques)

  • Electrotherapy: Laser therapy, Ultrasound, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, H-wave therapy, Neuromuscular electrical stimulation, TENS

  • Thermotherapy (heat) and cryotherapy (ice)

  • Remedial exercises (for example, pole work, weight shifting, training aids and exercises on an incline). 

It is a legal requirement (under sections 19 & 20 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the Veterinary Surgery Exemptions Order 1962) that there is Veterinary permission in place before physiotherapy treatment can commence. 

Please CLICK HERE for a Veterinary Referral Form (for both equine and canine treatments).

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