The veterinary physiotherapy process can be broken down into four steps..
Before any consultation or therapy can begin, a referal must be obtained from the animals primary or consulting veterinarian. If this has not already been provided, Vetruvian can obtain this on your behalf. This lets us know a little more about your aninals condition, and guides our physiotherapy. Vets will often imnform owners before surgery that rehabilitation with physiotherapy is advisable, as they understand that physio can greatly improve treatment outcomes
We begin with a thorough assessment of your horse or dog to ensure we understand their condition and overall wellbeing. A great deal of time is spent palpating and assessing muscle tone to find areas of tension or pain, as well as evaluating joint mobility and functionality. We may also complete a full biomechanical analysis of your animals movement, if it is appropriate to do so. Once evaluated, we will then construct a rehabilitation plan for your animal
One we fully understand your horses or dogs needs, a treatment plan is agreed and implemented. We use a variety of therapies to ensure the optimum outcome, which can include various types of massage, electrotherapies, and patient specific exercise routines. Rehbailiation plans for horses tend to involve a great degree of therapy based exerecise, so we take time to ensure horse owners are fully aware of what is required
Within 24 hours of each session a report is provided to the owner, and the veterinarian is updated on progress and the physio treatments used. The number of sessions required will be entirely dependent on the horse or dogs condition and ongoing prognosis. In more complex cases ongoing therapy may be subject to additional veterinary reporting or analysis. Once a condition or injury is resolved, many horse and dog owners opt to continue with ongoing maintenance for their animal.