We have physiotherapy clinics fortnightly on Wednesdays, run by Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist, Ciara Foden BSc(Hons) PGDip. Your vet will refer to the clinic if physiotherapy is indicated, and appointments are booked through the reception staff. Alternatively, if you think your pet may require physiotherapy, you can discuss any questions by calling Ciara directly.
Physiotherapy can help a range of problems in animals, such as sprains and strains, osteoarthritis, tendinopathies, post-operative cases, neurological and progressive muscular diseases, patellar luxation, elbow/hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate disease. Aims of physiotherapy are to reduce pain, restore or maintain function and help maximise quality of life.
Ciara is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist for humans, working part-time in the NHS, and has a post-graduate diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy. She is registered with the HCPC, CSP and ACPAT (Cat A). She treats a wide range of animals, including small animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, exotic animals) as well as horses.
What to expect
Initial appointments comprise a thorough assessment, including taking a history from the owner, gait assessment and physical examination. The owner will often be involved to hold the animal. Special tests will be performed to localise problems, therefore please bear in mind that muzzles may be required for anxious dogs. Physiotherapy treatments can involve home exercise programmes, manual therapy, electrotherapy, soft tissue work, and advice on home environment and management.
To make an appointment at our physiotherapy clinic, call 01273 692257