Frequently Asked Questions
Physiotherapy uses hands-on methods, exercise programmes and rehabilitation for promoting mobility, thereby increasing well being and helping to restore joint and soft tissue.
Physiotherapy can help by increasing mobility and helping with pain. ACPAT Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems. Using their knowledge and skills, ACPAT Physiotherapists can aid the body’s natural healing processes after injury to joints, muscles and nerves. Animals who have had orthopaedic surgery or are suffering from the pain and stiffness of arthritis can benefit from physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy can also be used for working, competition or racing animals to help them reach their full physical potential and avoid injury.
Physiotherapy can enhance wellbeing and provide preventative care. Animals benefit from the feel good factor of physiotherapic massage and soft tissue techniques. Small changes can dramatically enhance flexibility and muscle tone aiding in the prevention of protective gait patterns.
Our ACPAT Cat A Physiotherapists are experts in mobilising joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons to help provide pain relief and restore normal function. The techniques used include soft tissue and joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage, myofascial release and trigger point release.
Electrotherapy such as laser, interferential therapy, ultrasound, magnetotherapy, H wave and electrical muscle stimulation can be used in conjunction with manual therapy to enhance its effects and restore function.
Your animals may require specific exercises to complete their rehabilitation, especially after surgery or a chronic musculo-skeletal problem. Physiotherapists are able to devise individual exercise programs to help each animal to reach their full potential.
ACPAT Cat A Physiotherapists can also give you advice on adaptations to your animals’ environment that will help them perform tasks more easily. This can be especially helpful for older animals or for those who have recently had surgery.
The law is quite clear on this point. All animals must be referred via their Veterinary Surgeon. By law Animal Physiotherapists cannot treat an animal without Veterinary authorisation and neither can any other person.
It is important to work closely with your animal’s veterinarian. No treatment should be performed without a careful review of an animal’s case history. We will arrange a veterinary referral and discuss your animal’s individual requirements with your vet. We have been established for many years and have an outstanding reputation for professionalism and excellent vet collabriation.
Sessions cost from £70 for large animals and from £40 for small animals. The number of treatments vary, but one can make all the difference. We can help you to help your animal in one session if that is your requirement.