What to expect from your dog's physiotherapy appointment
As we are all too aware things are a little different at the moment. And as you are currently unable to accompany your dog into your physio appointment I thought I would give you some insight into what happens on the day.
When you arrive for your appointment please pull into one of the numbered bays facing the building. Call Reception (01509 812446) and give your name and bay number. They will let me know you are here for your appointment and I will come and greet you and your dog in the car park.
Prior to collecting you dog I will read through the history written on the computer system by your vet. I will ask you some questions on the history and how you have been getting on with your dog. This is part of my subjective assessment and is an important part of the appointment. It gives me a good idea of where your dog is at in his rehab and what your expectations and goals are for your dog. There is no right or wrong answer here, every dog and every owner is different, which is why it is so important for me to get some history from you.
I will then ask you to walk your dog away from me, then back towards me, first slowly at a walking pace, then a little more briskly (this will of course depend on how well your dog is walking and if they are able to demonstrate what they can/can't do). Here I am looking for any asymmetries in the movement, if they are limping, and the quality of the movement.
At this point I will discuss my plan for further assessment and treatment with you before taking the dog inside.
Once inside I will allow your dog to become acclimatised to my room by letting them have a sniff around. I will then assess their range of movement in the affected limb compared to the unaffected limb, before having a feel of the muscles. Here I will be looking for any muscle loss, compensatory strategies that your dog may be recruiting and anywhere that may be particularly tight or sore.
Based on this assessment I will formulate and undertake a treatment strategy. This may include soft tissue mobilisation, massage, electrotherapy such as LASER or BioMag as well as joint mobilisations where appropriate.
You can find out more on the treatment modalities that I use here https://www.huntshillphysio.co.uk/single-post/2018/10/16/trigger-point-release-therapy
When I have completed your dogs treatment I will return them to you at your car. I will give you a debrief on what I did and talk through any recommendations that I may have.
This is likely to include a home exercise program, which I will talk through with you and demonstrate. You will then be asked to call through to reception, where you can settle your bill or give your insurance details before rebooking for a follow up session where recommended.
If you have any questions or concerns you can drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org