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What to Expect at Your First Appointment

  • First of all, we will have a chat about your animal, to find out some important history and lifestyle factors, such as exercise, diet, routines, your main goals and any concerns you have.

  • Then, I can assess your animal in various ways, including:

Static assessment - while your animal stands still, I assess body condition score, posture, muscle mass, weight bearing, symmetry / asymmetry

Dynamic Assessment - here I watch your animal move, at a walk and possibly a trot, looking out for lameness, stride lengths, active range of motion.

Palpation and passive range of motion - this involves assessing your animal's muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments, looking for areas of abnormalities, restrictions, soreness, tightness etc. 

  • Next, I can treat your animal, using manual, electro and exercise therapies.

  • Following treatment, I will provide you with home care advice which may include management strategies and/or exercise prescription.

 

  • Follow up appointments are similar, involving assessment and treatment, and I will be looking for changes in your animal and adapting the treatment modalities as appropriate.  

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