The treatment is broken down into parts. Once an appointment has been made a medical and behavioural history is taken over the phone where we can also discuss particular concerns and i can gain an understanding of your animal and how i can best help them.
On arrival we will have a quick review of the history, this is where you can update me with any other information regarding your animal that may have sprung to mind since our telephone conversation. I find this very useful as sometimes you just cant remember everything in one go, and that little extra time enables other information to pop up! This will be followed by a static assessment, a gait analysis and then the treatment. In total the whole process can take between 1hr to 1 1/2 hrs.
Some animals will have confidence issues with strangers, especially if they are suffering discomfort. I understand that not all will be accepting of me straight away especially when I have to touch a sore or guarded area. I have no problem spending a little extra time in order for them to trust me, and if a treatment needs to be staggered so i can stay within the animals coping threshold then that is absolutely fine. Time and patience equals trust and reward, and healing can take a long time.
Unfortunately, given the coronavirus situation to-date, precautions need to be made where possible to maintain social distancing. These will be discussed prior to treatment but if possible it is best for myself to treat the animal on my own. However, this may not always be the safest course of action and I will deal with this on a case by case basis. I do ask that if clients feel ill or show any form of symptoms related to the coronavirus that they call me to reschedule their appointment, and I will do the same.
REQUIREMENTS BEFORE TREATMENT
A clean, dry animal would be wonderful but with our delightful cumbrian climate it is not always possible!! some form of shelter if I am treating outside would be great, but if not lets hope it is a dry day!! If I am coming to an equine patient then a bucket of water or some water to wash my hands would be much appreciated, thank you :)
Veterinary permission is needed if the animal is currently under investigation for an injury/ ailment. You will be asked to obtain this from your vet and i will contact them to let them know i am due to treat your animal.. Please note that treatment cannot continue without this, it is a legal requirement, and if it is not obtained when I arrive then a fee will still be charged.
In order to get the most out of the therapy I ask that your horse/dog is allowed up to 48 hours reduced exercise, gradually resuming normal activity a week later, unless told otherwise. This is becuase the body is still responding to treatment and resuming activity too early can hinder the healing process and reduce its effectiveness. So please bare this in mind when booking an appointment during the competitive season, if you have regular lessons, agility classes, shoots etc
However, aftercare is advised on an individual basis and these are just guidelines of what to expect. You may also find that your horse/dogs behaviour changes post treatment. For example they may appear stiff or lethargic, alternately they may be much more energetic or may also seem to drink more. These changes in behaviour are perfectly normal so please dont be alarmed and it is another part of the healing process and a way to flush out toxins released from the body.