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Animals in Action

Veterinary Physiotherapy

Harriett Freeman
 
Covering Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset

Harriett Freeman

Harriett is a fully insured and qualified level 7  Veterinary Physiotherapist. Harriett completed her BSc Hons degree before completing her MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy

Registered with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists, this ensures she is up to date with training, new research and information.

Harriett has over 10 years experience working with animals from a personal and professional perspective, having previously worked as a head eventing groom, massage therapist and at a small veterinary practice as a Veterinary Physiotherapist. 

She is currently working at a mixed animal Veterinary Practice based in Somerset part-time whilst seeing her own clients covering Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset

In her spare time, Harriett enjoys long country walks with her cocker spaniel, cycling and watercolour painting

 

 
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Services

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is beneficial for all patients no matter their age, breed and size. It is the use of exercises, massage, myofascial release, stretching, electrotherapies, heat and cryotherapy to help improve performance, speed up recovery and provide general wellness

Who can have Physiotherapy?

  • Post-surgical

  • Elderly and Arthritic

  • Athletic animals

  • Neurological

  • Overweight

I cover a wide range of animals: horses, dogs, cats and small furries with the occasional farm animal 

Physiotherapy benefits include:

  • Reduction in pain

  • Improved performance

  • Improve range of motion

  • Improved healing time

  • Improve muscle mass and symmetry

  • Reduce muscle spasm

  • Improve strength and suppleness

  • Improve proprioception

Static and Dynamic assessment

A static and dynamic assessment is performed at each Physiotherapy assessment in order to allow for a detailed rehabilitation plan to be made, and to allow documentation of progress.

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Electrotherapies

When required, Harriett has access to a range of therapeutic machines to help modulate healing and pain and prolong the physiotherapy effects, these include PEMFT, TENS, LASER and more.

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy stimulates biological responses which stimulates tissue repair. There are various studies that support the use of Laser therapy for the following conditions:

  • Arthritic patients

  • Pain relief

  • Wound healing 

  • Muscle strains

  • Tendon and ligament damage

  • Neurological conditions

  • Reduce inflammation

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Rehabilitation

Harriett creates individual remedial exercise plans to encourage correct movement patterns, improve muscle strength, endurance, suppleness, proprioception, balance and stability post Physiotherapy treatment. 

Harriett has the right to discuss any findings with your veterinarian

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Preparation

Horses

  • Brushed clean horses are always appreciated, its nice to stay clean for the next client.

  • Feet picked out.

  • Shelter or stable if raining to keep dry, for both your horse and me! 

  • Trot up area in daylight prior to the session

  • Please let me know if there is any possibility of kicking/ biting, I have my hat and gloves ready.

Dogs

  • Non slip flooring, with a blanket or bed

  • Clean and dry ready for the session

  • Lead ready for the dynamic assessment

  • Treats are always useful for the remedial exercises

  • Please let me know if there is a chance your pet might be aggressive

 
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Veterinary Consent

 
If your animal is currently under veterinary treatment for lameness or poor performance, veterinary consent is required. Veterinary consent is not required for maintenance sessions if the animal is fit, healthy and sound. 
 
It is the owners responsibility to notify me if there is any changes to the veterinary history, veterinary practice registration or animals health. 
failure to notify me may result in the animal not being deemed suitable to receive physiotherapy, and may be subject to a treatment charge
Please down load the PDF and email to me prior to the Physiotherapy appointment, alternatively please contact me with your veterinary surgeons details, your full name, animals name and address, and I can obtain permission for you on your behalf prior to your appointment
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

KELLY

The horses feel so amazingly straight and supple after Harreitts in-hand pole work. I totally recommend giving it a try

BECKY

Bentley has received a number of sessions of physio with Harriet and i cant thank her enough for bringing Bentley back to his normal self!

ZOE

Harriett is a pleasure to work with and is always very attentive when handling my horse during his physio session. She is very patient, understanding and skilled at work. I would highly recommend as you feel and see the difference in your horse straight away