Physiotherapists work with people and animals to identify and maximise their ability to move and function. Functional movement is a key part of what it means to be healthy. This means that physiotherapy plays a key role in enabling people and animals to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life both with and without injury.
Following thorough assessment, Anna will use evidence based knowledge and practical skills to identify what is limiting an individual’s movement and performance, and will then help decide how to address this. Anna will liase with doctors or vets, farriers, saddlers and trainers so that all treatment is fully appropriate to each case.
The Royal Charter gives physiotherapy a broad scope of practice that includes manual therapy, exercise and movement, electrotherapy and other physical approaches.
Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession. This means that physiotherapists can accept referrals for assessment from a range of sources: from an individual themselves (self-referral) or from other people involved with that individual.
Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act, all treatment on animals must be given with permission from the vet.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy http://www.csp.org.uk
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy http://www.acpat.org.uk