These sessions are for any animals that have completed an initial assessment and the owner would like some prehabilitation sessions to reduce the risk of injury. These are recommended every 4 to 6 weeks and lasts for roughly an hour and 15 minutes. Should anything change between the sessions animals may have to go back to the vet as part of my legal requirement.
The Actual Session
First I will have chat with you about how your animal has been since their previous session. I'm particularly interested in their behaviour and how you feel their pain levels are. Next, I will start, my assessment, depending on your animal it may vary in order. Generally, I start with a visual static assessment, looking at your animal's muscle balance and general behaviour. Followed by a dynamic assessment to see how they are moving and how comfortable they are moving. After which I will palpate (feel) your animal to assess for any differences in texture, tone, tenderness and temperature while assessing their behavioural reactions.
After the assessment, I will feedback to you and talk you through what I would like to do for the rest of the session. Click here to find out what treatments I offer. I will carry out my treatments.
Once I have done the treatments, at this point I will be able to discuss if you are happy with keeping maintenance sessions. I then set what I call homework, which is basically exercises, management tips and advice and treatments you can do at home to ensure your animal gets the most out of physiotherapy. All homework will be demonstrated where appropriate to ensure that you feel comfortable and happy performing it. Depending on why your animal is seeing me and how they are coping, they might not get new homework each session. In some cases, I will take homework away because your animal is doing well. For example, a cat whom I had prescribed assisted standing that could not stand, that now can, will not need to continue performing assisted standing.
Follow Up Procedure
Within 24 hours after for appointment has finished, I will email or text the instructions of the "homework". If you'd rather I can also create a paper version with the instructions on it. In the meantime, I am more than happy to help with any queries within my working hours.
Maintenance sessions cost £45 for dogs and small animals.
Maintenance sessions cost £50 for horses and farm animals.