Jessica Parker Veterinary Physiotherapy

What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

At Jessica Parker Veterinary Physiotherapy, we offer a thorough assessment of your animals musculoskeletal system. The assessment consists of static and dynamic assessment, palpation and joint range of motion analysis.

After developing a detailed overview of how your animal is functioning, we use a variety of manual and electrical therapies to help relieve pain and restrictions to improve function quality.

About me

I graduated with a 2:1 in a three-year veterinary physiotherapy degree. I am a proud member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and I am fully insured.

National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP)

I have 10 years of experience with horses and dogs and have gained industry experience working alongside veterinary surgeons at local animal hospitals.

How do you know if your animal needs physiotherapy?

Have you seen the signs?

Is your canine companion not being their usual selves? Struggling to make their regular walks or not being as playful? Not wanting to jump up onto the sofa/bed or use the stairs?

Is your equine friend struggling to take the right canter lead? Showing unusual behaviour when being ridden or tacked up? Throwing their head, holding their tail to one side, bucking/rearing? Not wanting to fully engage their hindquarters?

What does this mean?

These are only a handful of indicators that show your animal could have underlying pain associated with their musculoskeletal system.

If lameness is not apparent then this does not mean that your animal is not in pain. Animals will naturally adapt to their dysfunctions and begin to compensate in other areas, eventually leading to more than one area of concern.

Spotting these signs to reduce the chance of further injury is crucial to keeping your pet pain free.

How I can help

In conjunction with your veterinarian, physiotherapy is designed to reduce pain and improve the physical wellbeing of your animal using manual and electrical therapies, as well as a unique exercise program which will be designed specifically for your animal.

Veterinary referrals

Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, we must work with veterinarians to obtain professional referral before I can treat your animal(s).

Please download our referral form to be completed and signed by your veterinarian before your appointment.

Services

Manual therapies

In order to relieve muscular tension and aid normal function, a range of manual therapies can be adapted into our treatment plans.

  • Massage
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Stretching
  • Electrical therapies

Treatment can be enhanced with the use of electrotherapies. Our machines can reduce swelling, provide pain relief and promote a better quality healing of damaged tissues. We have a range of modalities which can be applied to aid a wide selection of conditions.

  • TENS
  • NMES
  • PEMFT
  • LASER

Remedial Exercise

To prolong the effects of the treatment after the session has ended, each client is sent home with a remedial exercise program that has been catered to their condition. Continuing the treatment protocol along side sessions will enhance the final result.

Equine physiotherapy

Does my horse need physio?

Physiotherapy aims to resolve unwanted behaviour and training issues by relieving muscular restrictions and pain.

Several signs that suggest the need for physiotherapy:

  • Cold backed
  • Poor performance
  • Muscle loss
  • Uneven muscle development
  • Change in behaviour (bucking. rearing)
  • Head tilting
  • Resisting contact
  • Uneven wear on shoes

How physiotherapy can help

Not only can physiotherapy reduce pain and muscular tension, but it can also strengthen structures which prevent possible injuries.

Equine Initial Assessment: Takes between 1 and a half to 2 hours
Equine follow up: Takes between 1 to 1 and a half hours

Our treatments can help several conditions and can be implicated into any musculoskeletal rehabilitation program. These include:

  • Arthritis
  • Locking stifle
  • Wound healing
  • Tendon and ligament healing
  • Muscle tear and strains

The benefits

Physiotherapy can be adapted to treat any musculoskeletal problem. Our sessions are designed to tailor the discipline, workload and fitness of your horse. We work alongside your targets in order to achieve your end goal. Regular maintenance sessions target:

  • Pain
  • Muscle tone/mass
  • Performance
  • Willingness to work
  • Suppleness/flexibility

Canine physiotherapy

The benefits

Physiotherapy can be adapted to treat any musculoskeletal problem. We have an extensive range of techniques that allow us to improve the physical wellbeing of your pets. Regular maintenance sessions can improve:

  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Joint range of motion
  • Willingness to work/play
  • Proprioception
  • Comfort

High intensity work

Dogs under high intensity work such as working or agility dogs have an increased risk of injury.

Regular physiotherapy can reduce this risk by increasing muscle coverage over joints to increase support and maintain the health of the muscle itself.

We also offer exercise prescription which can aid conditioning and increase physical fitness.

Canine Initial Assessment: Takes up to 1 and a half hours
Canine Follow up: Takes around 1 hour

Geriatric dogs and pre/post-surgery rehabilitation

When surgery isn't an option, physiotherapy can be considered as a conservative treatment to certain conditions. Most geriatric dogs will suffer from underlying arthritis. Our techniques can help relieve those symptoms by gaining muscle mass to support the joints and relieve the pain that is caused by the condition. Post-surgery rehabilitation:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Cruciate strains
  • Patella luxation
  • Neurological deficits
  • Muscle loss
  • ...and many more!

Prices

Initial appointments

Equine

Initial assessments take 1.5 to 2 hours, costing £50 and include:

  • Full history and current concern discussion
  • Dynamic assessment (movement)
  • Static assessment (Conformation, posture, musculature imbalances)
  • Joint range of motion assessment (Limbs and spine)
  • Palpation of whole body (tension and pain)
  • Treatment - including electrotherapies
  • Exercise program

Canine

Initial assessments take 1 to 1.5 hours, costing £40 and include:

  • Full history and current concern discussion
  • Dynamic assessment (movement)
  • Static assessment (Conformation, posture, musculature imbalances)
  • Joint range of motion assessment (Limbs and spine)
  • Palpation of whole body (tension and pain)
  • Treatment - including electrotherapies
  • Exercise program and home management

Follow-up treatments

Equine

Follow up assessments: 1 to 1.5 hours, costing £45 and include:

  • Re-evaluation of areas found previously
  • Reassessment of whole body: including dynamic assessment, muscular tension/pain and joint range of motion.
  • Treatment - including electrotherapies
  • Exercise program

Canine

Follow up assessment: 1 hour, costing £35 and include:

  • Re-evaluation of areas found previously
  • Reassessment of whole body: including dynamic assessment, muscular tension/pain and joint range of motion.
  • Treatment - including electrotherapies
  • Exercise program

Contact me

Please send me a message or call for an appointment. I cover Yorkshire and surrounding counties.

Jessica Parker Veterinary Physiotherapy,
Barnsley,
South Yorkshire,
England,
United Kingdom

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Tel: 07972480768

Monday - Friday: 8am–8pm
Saturday: 8am–6pm
Sunday: Closed