Animal & Equine (Horse) Physiotherapy in Kent

Overview

Animals, like people, can develop musculo-skeletal problems that cause pain, stiffness and altered movement patterns. Such problems in animals, as with people, respond well to physiotherapy.

The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and maximise performance. All animals may receive physiotherapy though mostly commonly it is horses and companion animals. If you have any questions about  physiotherapy including its suitability for your animal please call  07793 034 535.

Common problems treated by Animal Physiotherapists include:

  • Spinal problems (back pain, disc prolapse, post spinal surgery)
  • Joint problems (osteoarthritis / degenerative joint disease, osteochondritis)
  • Injuries (nerve damage, ligament and tendon sprains, muscle tears)
  • Neurological conditions (muscle wasting, poor limb function or control)
  • Performance related problems and Sports injuries
  • Post surgical rehabilitation (cruciate ligament surgery, spinal surgery, joint replacement, etc)

Physiotherapy treatment may include modalities such as manual techniques, exercise therapy / rehabilitation and electrotherapy.

 

Chartered Physiotherapists and their Qualifications
Animal / Veterinary Chartered Physiotherapists have initially carried out the extensive training needed to become registered as a Chartered Physiotherapist, and as a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy they will carry 'MCSP' with their initials. Subsequent to this, Animal Physiotherapists work initially with people to develop clinical experience and reasoning before embarking on further post-graduate training through the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) or with the Royal Veterinary College to qualify as an Animal / Veterinary Physiotherapist. Once qualified they are are termed Category A physiotherapists, meaning they are able to practise physiotherapy independently on animals.

 

Physiotherapy treatment of your animal can only take place with prior veterinary authorisation. Close communication between vets and physios allows for a thorough understanding of your animal's problem, and will optimise the care that your animal receives. Animal Physiotherapists also liaise with other professionals where necessary (farriers, saddlers, trainers, etc) to ensure holistic management of your animal's complaint.

 

Please call 07793 034 535 to discuss your horse's physiotherapy. Yards are visited throughout the South East Kent area.