Nycky Edleston is an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist who specialises in the treatment and physical rehabilitation of dogs, horses, cats and other animals within Oxfordshire and surrounding counties.
Physiotherapists are movement specialists and provide treatments to optimise quality pain-free movements.
- Reduce pain
- Provide Rehabilitation after an operation to limbs or back
- Reduce muscle tension and soreness
- Help joint or back stiffness
- Provide Rehabilitation after injury to tendons,ligaments or muscle
- Improve athletic performance and reduce risk of injury
- Treat sore and stiff backs
- Improve quality of life for older animals
Animals will compensate for pain or injury and hence over-use other parts of their body, increasing risk of injury to them. Early physiotherapy treatment will reduce movement compensations by promoting quality healing. Most animals try hard to hide pain and so their discomfort is often more than you can see.
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As a Chartered Physiotherapist & Veterinary Physiotherapist we first trained to treat people then a further 2 years Masters level training to treat animals. We provide physiotherapy and rehabilitation for pets and sporting athletes, old or young at your place. Veterinary approval is required to treat your animal.
For more detail about physiotherapy please read on or select the page that fits your requirements.
To qualify to treat animals as an ACPAT physio, training includes first a degree in human Physiotherapy followed by working with humans. Then 2 years post-graduate training at the Royal Veterinary College to translate those skills and knowledge across to animals – horses and dogs in particular.
This extensive training provides the ACPAT Physiotherapist with a combination of hands on physiotherapy assessment and treatment skills with veterinary based knowledge of musculoskeletal function and injury in animals.
The professional body overseeing these physiotherapists is the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT). To comply with legislation from the 1966 veterinary act, a veterinary Physio will work with the approval or referral of your veterinary surgeon.
Once qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist, there are many areas of speciality that we can work in.
I have worked in a number of areas of Physio within the NHS, private and charity sector. Specialist areas included multiple sclerosis, complex disability, the elderly, people with a learning disability, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal conditions. We use many of the skills, knowledge and research from human physiotherapy to optimise the movement of animals large and small.