Becki qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of Huddersfield in 2008 and has over 10 years experience working as a Chartered Physiotherapist treating in the NHS. In 2016 she qualified as an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist, fulfilling a life long dream to work with animals. Becki has a particular interest in canine physiotherapy and treats all canine conditions including post operation and injury, chronic conditions such as arthritis, and strength and conditioning of pets and canine athletes. Becki joined the Oakmount team in June 2017 and is very keen to develop the rehabilitation services we offer.
What is Physiotherapy/ Rehabilitation therapy?
Veterinary Physiotherapy also referred to as Rehabilitation Therapy is the use of controlled physical exercise, massage, hot and cold therapies and therapeutic exercise techniques for the treatment of illness, disease, recovery and deformity.
The use of physiotherapy is often used alongside medical and surgical interventions.
How does Physiotherapy work?
Physiotherapy can be carried out in various different ways according to the aims and desired outcome after treatment. At Oakmount Veterinary Centre you will initially be invited to have a consultation with the Veterinary Surgeon /Pain Management Specialist for a thorough examination of your pet to assess their needs. Following this arrangements will be made for an appointment with the Rehabilitation Therapist. Throughout the course of treatment the Veterinary Surgeon will assess progress ensuring that the techniques of therapy used are suitable and if necessary will adapt the treatment required.
The key to physiotherapy is that each patient is different and therefore we aim to produce a suitable, relative and personalised plan in order for the patient to achieve goals set and for an overall successful outcome.
Improvements may not be noticed within the first couple of sessions, sometimes it can take time for improvements to be seen. Where possible videos will be taken to monitor the patient’s progress.
How often will my pet need treatment?
Every rehabilitation patient will have an individual treatment plan but as a general guide patients are usually seen once or twice a week and sessions usually last for 40-60 minutes.
Continuation of certain exercises and tasks will also be set by the Rehabilitation Therapist for you to perform at home if you feel comfortable doing so.
What can physiotherapy/rehabilitation therapy be used for?
Physiotherapy is a diverse treatment which can be used to treat and benefit many different conditions helping within the following areas: neurological problems, arthritis, deformity, post surgery, muscle build up, post trauma, co-ordination, balance, mental/physical stimulation, strengthening muscle and improving gait or proprioception.
We aim to treat a patient until they reach their goals and on veterinary assessment can be discharged. Although the patient is discharged our services do not stop here. We would like to keep in contact with the owner and patient encouraging regular reviews and assessments to ensure the patient continues and maintains recovery.