***IMPORTANT INFO RE COVID-19***
Appointments are still going ahead with strict measures in place, and owners will be required to compete a risk assessment checklist prior to confirmation of appointments. We are currently paperless to reduce risk, so owner consent is implied when you book your appointment. All pre-treatment information is currently being taken over the phone prior to the first session.
Prior to your appointment we will require a completed consent form from your vet. The form can be downloaded below, or you can contact us via phone or email and we can send one directly to your vet on your behalf. You will be asked to sign the owner consent section of the vet consent form at your first appointment / treatment.
We also require a pre-treatment form, which can also be downloaded below, or we can fill one in over the phone when you book your first appointment.
Upon arrival at your yard or home, we will conduct a full assessment of the animal. Firstly, we will check the pre-treatment form with you. We will then observe the animal in a static (still) position. We will then ask you to walk, trot, and circle your animal and ask you to back it up. We may ask to see horses on different surfaces if applicable, and if you have requested a ridden assessment, we will observe the horse in the appropriate paces. Cattle will be assessed on a case by case basis. We may also take still images and videos. We will conduct an assessment of the range of motion of the joints of the animal, and conduct a full palpation (feeling them all over).
We will decide on our priority area(s) for treatment, after a discussion with you regarding our findings. We will use manual therapies, which include massage and stretching, and we will possibly use electrotherapies, although we may not use these in the initial session.
We will give you a tailor made remedial exercise prescription for your animal, after discussing your requirements. This may also include some basic massage and stretching techniques for you to continue in-between treatments.
Please be aware that your animal may be a little uncomfortable for a few days post-treatment. This is to be expected; if you have ever had a sports massage you will understand why! We ask that animals are rested, and we will give you an indication as to how long for at the time of treatment. Please note: we don't create pain; we find it. We will discuss what we feel is appropriate as a time frame for follow up, but it likely we will need to see your animal again in a week or so.
We will then produce a written report for you, including any exercise prescription, and we will provide a veterinary report directly to the referring vet.
Veterinary physiotherapy, or indeed any musculoskeletal therapy, must only be carried out under veterinary consent, in line with the Veterinary Surgeon's Act 1966, and the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 2015.
We therefore require a completed consent form at the time of treatment.
For your convenience, you can download a consent form below, and ask your vet to sign it., or contact us and we'll do it on your behalf.
Please also complete the relevant COVID form and return by email prior to your appointment.
Please contact us for more information
Please call or email regarding other species.