May 18, 2022

Physio Expertise

A Chartered Physiotherapist & ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist will have trained for at least 7 years to qualify . The professional body overseeing these Chartered Physiotherapists is the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT).

I first studied for three years to attain a first class degree in human physiotherapy. This enabled me to be registered as a Chartered physiotherapist with the Chartered Society of Physotherapy. I then worked in the human orthopaedic and neurological disorder fields before undergoing further masters level training with animals for 2 years at the Royal Veterinary College. Nycky Edleston Physiotherapist This initial human training is invaluable as it is here that skills in biomechanical assessment and treatment techniques are developed. Working with people first, allows physiotherapists to sensitise their hands and to refine their treatment techniques. They also develop a keen eye for seeing subtle movement abnormalities.

Physiotherapy promotes quality of movement and healing of tissues. It is a science based profession that uses scientific research (ref) as part of assessment and treatment strategies. Chartered Physiotherapists are professional clinicians with a depth of core knowledge that includes anatomy and physiology, joint mechanics, functional biomechanics, disease pathophysiology and tissue healing. We are experts in rehabilitation and provide assessment and treatment for animals post-op, pre-op, post injury, neuro issues and for conservative management (ref)
The skilled part of any treatment is the training and knowledge needed to decide what specific type of treatment, what dosages to apply, how often to treat, where to treat, treating the correct tissue type according to the current state of the damaged tissues and most importantly when not to treat (ref) Hence a detailed assessment is undertaken before clinical reasoning is used to decide on a relevant treatment program.

Physiotherapy is not prescriptive, each case is unique and treatment relies on the assessment. Physiotherapy is often subtle interventions to enhance the way of moving, promote healing of tissues, providing suitable home therapy for the owner to do and regular physiotherapy check-ups to progress rehabilitation (ref)

Assessment and Treatment focus on

  • Proprioception – injury, operations and pain negatively impact proprioception and improving it is often the first port of call for treatment
  • Core stability – good core muscles are required for correct limb movement
  • tissue healing – bone, tendon, ligament, muscle, fascia, joint
  • remove compensatory movements – this promotes quality movement, correct funcitonal movement and reduces risk of further injury
  • range of movement of joints and muscles – functional range is required for functinoal non-compensatory use
  • promote quality movement – the over-arching principal
  • promote correct use of the limb(s), spine and whole body