Frequently Asked Questions
Why use a Chartered physiotherapist?
“Chartered” is a protected title which only individuals that have undergone extensive training earn the right to use.
To become a Chartered Physiotherapist and ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist, a minimum of five years university education is completed during which your practitioner becomes a chartered physiotherapist for humans then completes further training in veterinary physiotherapy.
To maintain the “chartered” status, the practitioner must hold appropriate insurance and attend regular training updates. This means you know you are receiving the best available treatments for your animal or yourself.
Chartered physiotherapists work closely with your vets gaining either their referral or approval before treatment commences. Contact will be maintained throughout the duration of the treatment programme. Liaison with farriers, saddle fitters and dentists, as necessary, is also common.
Only Chartered Physiotherapists were allowed to treat the equine athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games, demonstrating the high standards this title has achieved and had recognised.
What should I expect from a physiotherapy session?
Regardless of the species being treated, a thorough verbal assessment will be undertaken followed by a gait assessment and a ‘hands on’ physical examination. Findings will then be explained and treatment options discussed.
Exercises may well be prescribed as ‘homework’ in-between sessions. Please allow up to an hour for human and canine sessions and up to one and a half hours for equines.
Do I need to do anything before a session?
If you have approached Natalie about a session (rather than the vet referring you to her) a veterinary consent form will need to be completed. This can be downloaded from this website (‘Referral Form’), complete your parts and then give it to your vet who will fax it to Natalie.
If it is an animal session, please ensure that they are clean and dry with somewhere enclosed, and preferably under cover, to treat them.
My animal is insured, will they be covered for physiotherapy?
Most insurance companies do include physiotherapy from a Chartered Physiotherapist.
How much will it cost?
£30 / session
£45 / session
£35 / session
The first 10miles each way are free, it is 35p/mile thereafter. If multiple clients are seen on one visit then the mileage cost will be spread between them.