Meet our Physiotherapist
Nicky is a Chartered human, equine and canine physiotherapist who treats animals in the Yorkshire and surrounding areas. Nicky qualified as a Chartered human physiotherapist in 2010 and as a Chartered veterinary physiotherapist in 2015.
She is a member of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy), as well as the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).
How can Physiotherapy help your dog?
There are a variety of reasons why your dog may require physiotherapy, possibly to relieve pain and stiffness after an injury or following surgery or to improve performance of your working/competition dog.
Chartered Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems. Each animal will require a veterinary referral prior to assessment and treatment by Nicky as under the veterinary surgeons act (1966) animals may only be treated by a veterinary surgeon or someone authorised by a veterinary surgeon.
Signs that your dog may benefit from Physiotherapy are:
• Had recent surgery?
• Had an injury or accident?
• Lost the ability to jump into the car or onto a high surface?
• Developed difficulty going up or down stairs?
• Lost enthusiasm for playing and running?
• Become stiff or weak?
• Shown signs of tenderness to touch?
• Developed an unexplainable behavioural problem?
• Developed arthritis or other conditions associated with old age?
As a canine physiotherapist Nicky will commonly treat a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions such as:
• Post-surgery rehabilitation e.g. Cranial cruciate ligament repair, patella luxation, intervertebral disc extrusion.
• Rehabilitation e.g. following fracture or injury
• Joint problems e.g. hip and elbow dysplasia, degenerative diseases and stiffness
• Spinal pathologies e.g. intervertebral disc disease, Fibrocartilagenous embolism
• Tendon/ligament damage
• Soft tissue strains
• Neurological conditions
• Pain and discomfort
Treatment may include:
• Soft tissue work – massage, myofascial release and trigger point release
• Joint mobilisations
• Exercises – stretches, strengthening and proprioception exercises
• Gait re-education
• Electrotherapy – such as:
This is used as both an assessment to identify painful or stiff muscles and also to improve muscle bulk and strength in weak or damaged muscles.
Ultrasound is used to promote healing in soft tissue injuries, i.e. tendon injuries, muscle tears, etc. This works at cellular level by increasing cell membrane permeability thus improving chemical exchange across the cell membrane making it work more efficiently. It stimulates tissue regeneration and promotes the synthesis and increases the tensile strength of collagen. This promotes better, stronger healing
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
This is a pain relieving modality and works by stimulating the sensory nerves and has a pain gating effect at spinal cord level, stimulating the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer).
Tel: 07500 029 510