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Physiotherapy Assessment

Before treating your animal, I must first assess it statically, dynamically, through palpation and finally through range of motion. This must be done before I treat your horse or dog. Below I have explained the different steps involved in this assessment:

  1. Static - The first thing I will do when I come to assess your animal is look at them standing still. I will evaluate how they stand, their conformation, and any differences in muscle tone and weight bearing.

  2. Dynamic - Next I perform a dynamic assessment. I will watch the animal walk and trot from all angles. I will evaluate their gait and look for lameness.

  3. Palpation - Thirdly, before treating your animal is palpation. I will assess the animals symmetry through multiple bony landmarks and feel their muscles, looking for signs of pain, spasm and muscle tightness.

  4. Range of motion - Finally, I will take each of your animals joints slowly and carefully through its full range of movement to assess for any joint abnormalities.

  5. Treatment - I will then treat the patient. This is the final stage of my visit. I will use a combination of different manual therapy techniques, such as stretching, massage and range of motion, and I will also use electrotherapies.

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