Your First Appointment

Before I can treat your animal, I will need your veterinarian's approval - it is against the law for anyone apart from the vet or owner to undertake treatment of an animal (ref Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966). I usually do this by sending a fax to your vet or if you prefer, a simple telephone call will suffice. 
On arrival I will ask a wide variety of questions, regarding any worries, concerns or problems you have experienced in relation to your animal. This may include questions regarding age, breed, feeding regime, worming, inoculations, past treatment, illnesses, temperament, behaviour, fitness programme, amount and type of exercise etc.
A background history helps to identify what might be causing a particular back problem e.g., a past trauma where the animal had a bad fall may direct my attention to a particular part of your animal's spine. I will request to see your animal move at walk and/or a faster pace, to identify any lameness and possible gait abnormalities. Horse owners may be requested to ride their horses, especially if the owner has experienced problems whilst riding.

I will then begin to examine your animal more thoroughly firstly to identify any abnormalities e.g., lumps, bumps, old injuries, muscle wastage etc. I then use my palpation skills to feel for muscle tension, spasms, pain and skeletal misalignments in the spinal area, which may indicate that nerves are trapped and therefore, not functioning properly. Besides palpating the spine, I also check joints for appropriate range of motion.

After assessing your animal properly, I will then begin to apply appropriate manipulation adjustments. These adjustments help to relieve pressure on the nerves, free-up muscle tension/spasm and enable re-alignment of the spine thereby reducing pain. I also incorprate a variety of soft tissue techniques including massage, trigger point therapy etc. This allows the body to function normally, to its optimum, so it is free to heal itself.
After treatment I will recommend that your animal is rested for a stated number of days. Horse owners will be advised not to ride for a recommended number of days, usually 24 hours will suffice. I may leave an exercising/stretching programme to be carried out over a stated period of time. It is important that this is adhered to as part of the post therapy treatment. There is usually no restriction on turnout time.

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