What to expect

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For each appointment Anna Johnson and Associates will have gained Veterinary Permission from your said vet as this is legally required by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.  *Due to our good and well established relationship with Veterinary Practices this is never a problem.

We shall allow 1 hour (at least!) to assess and treat the animal.

During this assessment we shall:

• Take a detailed history of your animal and the problem(s) you have asked us to assess.

• Do a full gait analysis: ideally on a hard level surface. This comprises the animal moving in walk, trot, tight circles, rein back, square and if a horse, on the lunge if we feel this is necessary and ridden (again if we feel this is necessary).

• Assess the animal stationary in a level/square posture to assess for symmetry and conformation.


• Palpate (feel) all over the animal for any abnormalities in muscle tone, pain response, hot/cold.

• Assess joint range of motion by taking the animal’s limbs into various positions, and moving their neck and back to assess spinal mobility.

• From this thorough assessment we can then establish if treatment is required and discuss with the owner a treatment plan.  If the owner agrees with treatment plan:-

• We will perform treatments to regain and restore mobility and function to the animal. If necessary we will leave written instructions of exercises and a rehabilitation programme to follow; as well as any therapeutic machines that we feel will benefit the animal on a more long term basis.

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• We will also advise if we feel another professional eg. Vet/saddler should also assess the animal at this stage as communication with other professionals is routine and vital to gain the best result for the animal.

• We shall review the animal again, if a follow up appointment is needed, usually within a month, although this will differ depending on the problems (if any) found, and will be discussed with each client.




This will usually consist of a combination of “hands on” techniques, electrotherapy, exercises and rehabilitation such as:

• Joint manipulation/mobilisation techniques.

• Soft tissue release techniques such as deep massage and fascial release.

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• Reflex inhibition techniques using the animals natural reflexes to stimulate joint movement and soft tissue stretch.

• Stretches (performed by physio) and then possibly to be done by the owner and similary exercises.

• Electrotherapy - we commonly use; Ultrasound, Laser, PEME - Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy Muscle stimulation, TENS. - Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

• Rehabilitation programme such as: lungeing/proprioceptive exercises/strengthening exercises.

• Treatment under sedation (sedation performed by the vet). The animal will be still standing but relaxed enough to allow deep release of soft tissue and therefore joint mobilisation.


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All enquiries please contact us
on any of the following:

t. 01296 747723
f. 01296 747723
m. 07889 965629
e. enquiries@annajohnson.co.uk

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Chartered Physiotherapists work with veterinary approval to ensure adequate protection of the animal at all times.

For all clients the practice gains permission from your veterinary surgeon prior to your first appointment.