Monday, December 20, 2010

Sydney Animal Physiotherapy

The Who

Sydney Animal Physiotherapy is the first animal physio clinic in Sydney. Kristine has over 20 years experience as a physiotherapist and acupuncturist, as well as managing her own two (human) physiotherapy clinics.


Kristine has managed her own two (human) physiotherapy clinics, has been treating animals for the last 9 years, & has just opened Sydney Animal Physiotherapy, the first animal physio clinic in Sydney. Kristine is a qualified yoga teacher & pilates instructor, rides her horse, Goldie, in her (rare!) spare time, also loves to dance, in particular, rock and roll, jazz & belly dance.

All this is to say Kristine is passionate about exercise, movement & keeping one’s body healthy, strong & agile for as long as possible. her horse is 31 years old and still loves to canter, and one of Kristine’s favourite pictures is that of an 85 year old yoga devotee doing an extreme backbend.

Whether we are people or animals, we should continue to move well and happily, without discomfort, for most of our lives. This comes down to a healthy lifestyle, good diet and plenty of appropriate exercise. It also is dependent on attending to problems when they arise: so many people bring themselves in for treatment after they have had a problem for a long time; often people say of themselves (and their animals) “thought nothing could be done,” “it’s just old age” etc. The Eastern philosophy of having regular treatment while you are well, to stay well, is vastly different to our philosophy of putting up with a problem until we are no longer able to ignore it.


The What

Animals suffer from many of the same ailments that people do e.g. arthritis, back and neck pain, trauma. Staff at our centre apply their knowledge of treating people to animals.

Animal physiotherapists must be qualified human physios before they can start to treat animals, so we are all very experienced in hands on treatment for bodies, whether they have two legs or four. Some animal physios continue to treat human clients as well; it is quite common for a client to bring in their animal for treatment, see the results, then ask for treatment for themselves.

Conversely, some human clients have had successful treatment for themselves, then look around for a physiotherapist to give similar treatment to their dog (cat, horse etc). Treatment is specifically tailored to the patient and the condition, it would typically include joint mobilization, massage, stretching, perhaps acupuncture, and of course, an exercise programme.

The Services


We offer a wide range of services, including:
  • physiotherapy,
  • hydrotherapy
  • acupuncture for animals.

Treatment of:
  • back problems,
  • neurological conditions,
  • pre and post operative cases,
  • old age related diseases,
  • We provide expert advice and the correct exercise programmes for weight control,
  • conditioning, strengthening and rehabilitation.

Staffed by experienced animal physiotherapists & acupuncturists. We work in conjunction with your vet to ensure the best possible outcome for your animal.


The Testimonials

Rahman
"Our 11 and a half year old German Shepherd Dog, Rahman, had to undergo a Tibial Tuberosity Advancement procedure on his left knee. Prior to us discovering, through x-rays, that Rahman was suffering, he was lethargic . . . . . . read more >>

Devil
Seventeen year old male cat, walking with a limp and a wide legged gait, presumably due to arthritis and back pain. Devil’s vet suggested we try acupuncture for pain control. (also warned me about the cat . . . . . read more >>

Cushla
Fit female 10year old X-chow. In February she had surgery to repair her right cruciate ligament (knee ligament). She initially had treatment and was progressing well. In May she started limping and . . . . . . . read more >>

The Details

56a Moore Street. Leichhardt. NSW. 2040.
(see map)
Phone:
(02) 9560 9262
Fax:
(02) 9560 9161
Kristine can be contacted directly on 0408 229 341
email kristine@sydneyanimalphysiotherapy.com

One of our foster carers, Kate, frequently takes her dog to Kristine and has nothing but good things to say. If you have any enquiries, feel free to check out the website, and email Kristine.



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