Ashbourne Canine Hydrotherapy Centre
Contact: Ann Sread
Telephone: 01335 344476
The purpose of physiotherapy is to reduce pain and restore movement, thus improving quality of life and performance. Common complaints a physiotherapist can treat include: spinal and joint problems, muscle,tendon and ligament injuries, post-surgical care and rehabilitation, fractures, neurological conditions, sports injuries, performance difficulties and injury prevention. This is achieved using manual techniques, electrotherapy, acupuncture, exercise regimes, and advice to owners. Ann is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT). She first completed an Honours Degree in Human Physiotherapy to be become a Chartered Physiotherapist, followed by a Masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy, awarded by the Royal Veterinary College. This two year post graduate course involved rigorous training and examinations from vets and fellow physiotherapists. As animals cannot tell us where they hurt, this extensive training, plus experience treating humans is important to ensure safe practice. It also ensures the treatment techniques used are effective and evidenced based. As a member of ACPAT and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) she is regulated by a professional body, and has to annually prove her ongoing continuing professional development.