Country Physio is run by Chartered Physiotherapist Samantha Rodwell, MCSP Cat A ACPAT, RAMP. After training and qualifying to become a physiotherapist in the NHS, Sam went on to gain a veterinary physiotherapy qualification from the Royal Veterinary College and become a category A member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT). She is also registered with RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners). She worked in the NHS across a number of specialties for six years, before following her dream and launching a successful private practice caring for both people and animals in 2006.
Physiotherapists identify and maximise the body’s potential through treatments, rehabilitation, education and preventive approaches. Their core skills include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the use of electro-physical modalities such as laser and ultrasound.
Physiotherapy is used successfully for people or animals suffering with:
- back and neck pain
- sports injuries
- muscular injuries
- general discomfort, including arthritic pains
- breathing difficulties
- or those needing post-operative support to regain optimum mobility.
Chartered physiotherapists train for their degree for a minimum of three years and are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), and regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC). Further study to gain a postgraduate qualification in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals then enables Chartered Physiotheapists to become a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT). ACPAT is a Professional Network Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and represents the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. It is the only group of chartered physiotherapists specialising in treating animals in the UK.
RAMP is the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners. It is committed to protecting the public and their animals. All professionals registered with RAMP demonstrate high standards of proficiency and professionalism, equivalent to the demands of the statutory regulatory bodies governing their profession in the human domain.
This means that you can be confident that your animal should receive the same level of care as you would yourself.
Useful links and associate memberships
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (www.csp.org.uk)
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the sole recognised examining and professional body of physiotherapy in the UK. All members of the CSP are also registered with the Health Professions Council and are able to work within the NHS. Treatment given by a chartered physiotherapist is covered by all the major private health schemes.
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (www.acpat.org)
The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy is the governing body of physiotherapists legally trained to assess and treat animals.
Health Professions Council (www.hpc-uk.org)
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
What To Expect From A Country Physio Consultation
The initial consultation for an animal usually lasts around one hour. During this time Sam will conduct a thorough assessment of your animal before recommending and commencing any treatment. Sam will contact and seek endorsement for physiotherapy from your vet.
The assessment will involve:
Taking detailed information about your problem and relevant past medical history
A thorough observational and physical assessment of the area(s) involved.
Obtaining any relevant information from your veterinary surgeon prior to the first visit
Taking a detailed history of your animal’s problems
Doing a full gait analysis with the animal moving in different paces on a level surface. Horses may also need to be lunged or ridden
Observing the animal’s symmetry, conformation and muscle bulk, and palpating the animal for any abnormalities
Assessing individual joint and spinal mobility.
After the thorough assessment Sam will discuss her findings with you. You will then decide together whether physiotherapy will benefit you or your animal, what format the treatment should take and the goals you want to achieve.
Any treatment (see our services for more details) will be focused on helping you or your animal to regain optimum mobility and function, and may also include exercises to do yourself. Written instructions will be left with you explaining any exercises you need to follow, and Sam may also advise other activities to help you progress – for example swimming or exercise classes like pilates, and strengthening work.
In the case of animals, alongside your vet Sam may also recommend the input of other professionals. For horses these professionals can include remedial farriers, saddlers and equine dentists. All treatment programmes are individually tailored.