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like humans, animals can also benefit from physiotherapy
when they are suffering from muscular skeletal problems following a
road traffic accident, surgery or other injury. The basic make up of
animals is very similar to humans and many of the techniquesFFo and
equipment used is the same, although obviously when treating
as large as a horse there are differences!
animals treated are dogs, cats and horses, usually following surgery,
road traffic accidents or after straining themselves whilst running
about. However even cows have been sucessfully treated after
300 physiotherapists in the UK who are ACPAT members (Association of
Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) and are qualified to
treat animals and currently
two of us at Highworth Physiotherapy Clinic are qualified to do so.
Many animal insurance
policies also include cover
for physiotherapy treatment, although you should obviously check first.
Surgeons Act 1966
states that only a veterinary surgeon or someone authorised
one can treat an animal. It is therefore illegal for
physiotherapist to treat an animal without prior consent of a
Most of the vets in this area know us and
more than happy to refer your pet to us if they believe physiotherapy
is the appropriate course of treatment.
Equine Health Checklists
are some guidelines issued by BEVA for an equine health checklist.
These were issued as a of recent biosecurity alerts.
Equine Health Checklist.pdf
Equine Health Checklist Details.pdf
have the same number of bones in their necks as humans. The bones
(cervical vertebrae) can be over 25cm long resulting in their much
longer necks. If they had more bones and joints the neck would be
unstable without more muscles and they wouldn't be able to hold it
upright. In fact almost all mammals have 7 cervical vertebrae and
only a small number, including a sloth and manatee do not.