Physio comes to the Barn!

We are very excited to let you know that as of September we are able to offer in house physiotherapy at the Barn! Many of you will be familiar with Physotherapy either for yourself or for your pets.  After an injury or surgery, we will often recommend physiotherapy to speed up the healing process.  Every case is different so sometimes we will recommend hydrotherapy at Greyfriars Veterinary Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy Referrals. However this doesn’t suit every patient which is where Kerrie Oakley comes in! Kerrie is not only a Registered Veterinary Nurse but a RAMP Registered Veterinary Physiotherapist who will be running clinics at the Barn as needed. kerrie She qualified in 2004 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and went on to work in various practices specialising in small animal, livestock and orthopaedic referrals. In 2008 Kerrie made the transition into teaching and lectured and trained Veterinary Nursing students as well as taught specialist subjects to the Animal Science division at a local Agricultural College. While teaching Kerrie obtained a teaching qualification from Portsmouth University. In 2012 Kerrie decided to enrol on a Veterinary Physiotherapy Course and qualified in 2014. Since qualifying Kerrie went on to start up her own Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hounds to Horses Physiotherapy; treating a range of animals from dogs, horses to livestock. Kerrie has a keen interest in pain management and kinesiology (how things move!). Kerrie is a RAMP registered Veterinary Physiotherapist. Clients can be assured that Kerrie is qualified to a high standard and adheres to RAMP’s gold standard of care. The basic definition of physiotherapy is ‘to assist the body to heal itself’. Physiotherapy does not speed up the healing process but optimises it.  Physiotherapy can be used not only in dogs and cats but rabbits can respond very well too!  Benefits of physiotherapy include:
  • • Improved function of movement
  • • Reduction of pain and swelling
  • • Increased range of movement and increased endurance and performance
Physiotherapy aims to restore and maintain function, mobility, performance as well as help to relieve pain and discomfort. Physiotherapy can assist with;
  • • Rehabilitation after surgery
  • • Rehabilitation after muscular and skeletal injury
  • • Arthritis and pain management
  • • Tendon and ligament injury
  • • Muscle wastage and more
Treatment techniques include: massage, passive and active range of movement exercises, equipment including a class iv therapeutic K-laser, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMFT), Red and Blue Light Therapy and Therapeutic Ultrasound. Kerrie will be able to visit the Barn on Wednesdays and Fridays from September onwards.  If you would like to know more or come and meet Kerrie and see if your pet could benefit from physiotherapy then please let us know.

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