Rufus the golden retreiver - please see case study

from Julia Martin MCSP, Grad Dip Phys

ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist
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Julia Martin - Chartered Animal Physiotherapist

Does any of this apply to your pet?

  • Finding difficulty in getting up or lying down
  • Finding normal movement painful
  • Having difficulty managing the stairs
  • Having difficulty jumping in or out
    of the car
  • Is reluctant to play or go for a walk
  • Walking more stiffly
  • Seems to be lame or limping
  • Has had surgery after an injury or accident
  • Change in normal grooming habits and posture
  • Is sensitive to being touched or patted
  • Seems to be more withdrawn and not as active as normal
  • Temperament has changed
  • Less tolerant of contact with people and other animals

If you’ve said ‘yes’ to any of these symptoms, physiotherapy could help. It can restore and maintain mobility, independence and performance, and can reduce the risk of further injury or damage.

Your pet is part of the family and of course you want the best possible quality of life – a life free from pain and discomfort. But dogs run, jump and bound around. They face accidents and injuries. Wear and tear on joints, the stresses and strains of an active life and age-related problems can all affect dogs and cats just as much as humans. Fortunately animals, like people, respond well to physiotherapy.

Why Choose an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist?

It’s important to choose an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist to help your pet, because these are the professionals in animal physiotherapy. ACPAT stands for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy, and members are fully qualified Chartered Physiotherapists who have also trained specifically in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals.

Julia Martin is a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist and has been an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist since 1985. She holds consultations and carries out treatments at Grove Lodge Veterinary Group in Worthing, West Sussex and at Wilbury Veterinary Surgery in Hove, East Sussex, or in a client’s own local surgery. Home visits can be arranged if necessary.

Julia warmly welcomes referrals from other veterinary surgeons, and ensures that all referrals are treated in the strictest confidence with the referring veterinary surgeon/owners. She offers a friendly, totally personal service combining a high level of academic and practical training with many years of experience and expertise, and her skills cover the full range of manual techniques, electrotherapy and exercise therapy. All treatment sessions include full after-care advice.

Two things you must know

  • You will need to ask your veterinary surgeon to refer your pet for treatment
  • The sooner you begin treatment, the better; early referral from your vet is preferable, and can make a significant difference.