Physiotherapy applies a holistic approach that focuses on an animal’s body as a whole to reduce pain and to restore movement, functional ability and quality of life through natural physical treatments.
Physiotherapy can be used in many different cases for many different reasons.
Signs that your pet could benefit from physiotherapy include:
Improving animal welfare has been a key focus throughout my career. I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse back in 2003, working in various small animal practices. During this time, I became interested in animal behaviour, pain management and rehabilitation so, to expand my knowledge further, I completed a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and PgD in Veterinary Physiotherapy whilst still working in practice.
I am a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and Animal Health Professions Register (AHPR) which require their members to regularly attend CPD to improve their knowledge and skills whilst maintaining high standards of care for our clients. I continue to work as a Veterinary Nurse, which compliments my work as a physiotherapist perfectly.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dogs, friends and family along with training and competing in agility. I have a particular interest in sports fitness and rehabilitation of the canine athlete.
During the consultation, your pet will have a full body and gait assessment to highlight areas of primary concern including compensatory issues that may have resulted. This information will allow for specific treatments to be carried out and recommended, along with creating a personalised home exercise programme tailored specifically to your pet.
Various techniques can be applied to aid in healing, relieve pain and tension, reduce swelling and to promote relaxation and comfort which all helps improve posture, restore movement and helps to prevent secondary complications. These include:
Electrotherapies can be used to treat a range of conditions including osteoarthritis, muscles spasms, assisting with wound repair, bone and cartilage healing and injuries to the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
The electrotherapies I offer are:
They have therapeutic effects by delivering energy through either light or an electric current. This energy can be used to focus on particular issues such as pain relief and tissue healing.
Different factors will be taken into account as to which therapy will be chosen including type and location of injury, any other illness or diseases and how your pet responds to the treatment.
Both therapies are safe to use on patients that have various medical illness or diseases, however there are contraindications of the use with certain conditions, so a full clinical history of your animal is required before treatment can be started.
Depending on the goals of your pet's treatment, certain exercises and management recommendations will be prescribed to assist in meeting these goals. They are central to how effective your pet's progress will be throughout the programme. Different targeted exercise can:
A two year post graduate course accredited by the NAVP - the regulating body for Veterinary Physiotherapists in the UK.
A 3 year course accredited by Kingston University. Undergraduate degree focusing on the behavioural and welfare needs of companion animals.
A two year course accredited by the RCVS. Since qualifying, Hannah has worked as a registered veterinary nurse in various small animal practices.
The NAVP (National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists is the UK accrediting body overseeing the Veterinary Physiotherapy profession in the UK
AHPR (Animal Health Professions Register) is the oversees the professionals working in the health industry in the UK
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is the accrediting body for all Vets and Veterinary Nurses.
|Initial Consultation (dog)||1 Hour||£45|
|Initial Consultation (cat)||45 Min||£40|
|Follow up consultation (dog)||45 Min||£35|
|Follow up consultation (cat)||30 Min||£30|
|Laser/Pulse Mag Treatment Session Only||15 Min||£15|
|Laser wound healing course||10 sessions||£50|
Hannah was instrumental in Polly getting her life back. Polly was suffering with bad arthritis that restricted her movement, with no miracle operations available she looked destined to live her life quite immobile and on painkillers. Then Hannah came along – we followed her advice to perform certain exercises with Polly, and with Hannah's massage and laser treatment, Polly was able to enjoy her life.
It was wonderful to see her zooming round the garden again. I have no hesitation recommending Hannah.