Veterinary physiotherapy is a science and evidence-based profession. Our aim is to reduce pain, improve movement, and restore normal muscle function.
Veterinary physiotherapy can be used in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, for prehabilitation before and rehabilitation after surgery, for performance development of the equine or canine athlete, and for long-term management of a number of musculoskeletal or neurological injuries and conditions, such as:
Veterinary physiotherapy can assist in the management of acute and chronic pain.
The veterinary physiotherapist uses a variety of manual therapies such as massage techniques and stretching, as well as electrotherapies / electrophysical agents, including INDIBA and will be able to create a bespoke home exercise plan to meet your animal's individual needs. More information below.
Sarah Keith is our principal and the owner of White Rose Veterinary Physiotherapy. We also work alongside both first opinion and referral veterinary practices, and are happy to discuss individual cases with vets.
We are always happy to discuss collaboration with other therapists who wish to join the White Rose family. Please get in touch for more info.
Sarah is qualified in veterinary physiotherapy to post-graduate level (Masters). She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists, and is registered with the Animal Health Professions’ Register (AHPR) under the veterinary physiotherapy sub-group. She holds a BSc (Hons) in animal behaviour and welfare and has a keen interest in performance enhancement. She has previously worked for a national animal welfare charity, and now lectures in equine therapy at undergraduate level, and teaches and assesses vet physio students at post-grad level. Sarah covers East and North Yorkshire, and parts of South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, with further travel available upon request.
The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) was formed in 1985, and exists to promote the professional practice and standards of its members, who are all qualified to at least level 6. The NAVP has a code of conduct and ethics which all members must abide by and an annual continuous professional development requirement, in order to maintain and enhance clinical skills.
The AHPR is a voluntary register (there is no current legal requirement in this country for registration to any governing body for animal therapists). It was set up to raise standards within the industry, and assist pet owners and veterinary surgeons with finding a sutiably qualified person to treat their, or their client's animal. It is a requirement of the regsiter that members are trained via an accredited course, comply with the requirment to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
Sarah is also an INDIBA certified professional, meaning she has the necessary qualifications and training to use this modality. This technology is only available via veterinary physiotherapists / chiropractors/ osteopaths who meet the necessary standards and level of academic qualifications. See the INDIBA section of the website for more info.
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LASER is an acronym for "Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation". It is the application of light specifically from the infrared part of the light spectrum. More accurately, it is termed "photobiomodulation" as it has a biostimulatory effect on the mitachondria of cells (thik of them as the energy plant of the cell!) excellent for superfical injuries such as wound healing.
This machine uses an electrical current passed through magnetic coils. The animal doesn't feel a sensation as such, but it does usually have a relaxing effect, particularly on small animals! It can be used for pain management, reduction of swelling, and fracture healing as a few examples.
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and is used for acute and chronic pain management. NMES stands for Neuromuscular Electrical stimulation, and used in pateints with muslce wastage who have reduced mobility, such as with a spinal condition or injury.
You can hire or purchase these devices frm me in a kit with everything you need and full training provided!
Massage and stretching form the basis of most treatments. Massage is great for relaxation, reducing pain, improving joint range of motion and mobility, and sports massage can even be used to help condition muscles.
This is the homework! All owners are given an REP plan for their animal which is constantly reviewed and updated througout their course of treatment. For dogs, I have a range of equipment for hire or purchase. For horses, your REP will incorporate your current ridden programme, and will include ground exercises. I also have a couple of equicore systems for hire.
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