Learn all about physiotherapy, types & methods, and how it can help your pet. If you have an older pet, or one that is recovering from an injury, this course will teach you the myriad of ways that can help relieve pain, increase movement, and generally improve the health and happiness of your pet.
The skills you will master in this course include:
- How to improve the mobility of specific joints (such as the elbow, hip, or knee) in a safe and sympathetic way
- Reading the signs of pain in cats and dogs
- Learning gentle exercises appropriate for animals with stiff joints due to conditions such as arthritis or an old injury (Working with the co-operation of your vet.)
- Learn specific exercises for specific joints
- Hints and tips for how to help your older pet moving around the home with more confidence, using ramps and assistive devices.
- How to perform massage techniques on your pet to build muscle strength and help them relax. This includes effleurage, kneading, percussion, and also passive movement exercises
- Knowing when physiotherapy could help your pet and recognizing when to avoid it
- Learn easy and enjoyable exercises you can do at home to build your pet’s strength whilst having fun together
- Know how to use heat therapy to relieve the nagging pain of a sore joint
- Understand which nutritional supplements are most beneficial to your pet
- Have an improved knowledge of dog anatomy
- Know how and when to get your pet referred to a veterinary physiotherapist
Module 1: Introduction
- 1.1 Benefits of physiotherapy
- 1.2 Aims of this course
- 1.3 Disclaimers and contra-indications to home physio
- 1.4 What you’ll learn
- 1.5 Case studies
Module 2: Physiotherapy
- 2.1 Tissue response to injury
- 2.2 Reasons to use physiotherapy
- 2.3 Types of therapy
- 2.4 Therapy which can be done at home
Module 3: Anatomy for Physiotherapy
- 3.1 Why learn anatomy for physiotherapy?
- 3.2 Instructional words
- 3.3 The name of things
- 3.4 Fore-limp
- 3.5 Hind-limp
- 3.6 Head and neck
- 3.7 Back
Module 4: Physio and Your Pet – Assessment
- 4.1 Principles of Physiology
- 4.2 Arthritis
- 4.3 Conditioning after surgical rest
- 4.4 Elbow problems
- 4.5 General stiffness
- 4.6 Hip dysplasia
- 4.7 Knee problems
- 4.8 Neck and back problems
- 4.9 Sore muscles
- 4.10 Older pets
Module 5: Physio and Your Pet – Action
- 5.1 Massage
- 5.2 Joint Movements
- 5.3 Therapeutic exercise
- 5.4 Heat Therapy
Module 6: The Bigger Picture
- 6.1 Assistive devices
- 6.2 Nutritional supplements
- 6.3 Pain relief
- 6.4 Partnership with veterinary professional
Who is this course for?
This course is a perfect match for you if:
- You have an stiff, older pet or one recovering after enforced rest, and you want to help them get back on their paws
- You are curious about different forms of physiotherapy, such as massage, hydrotherapy, passive movement, and heat; their benefits, how they work, and how they help the body to heal
- You want to understand about nutritional supplements that improve and protect joint health, and keep your pet supple in years to come.
- You want to learn safe exercises to do at home that are fun and improve your pet’s quality of life
- You want to understand what a veterinary physiotherapist is, when it’s appropriate to consult one, and how to go about getting referred
- You wonder if your pet is in pain and want to recognize the signs in your cat or dog
International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.
Candidates with an interest in working with animals
Anyone interested in a career in veterinary medicine or animal care
Those interested in owning animals, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.
Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion
Those seeking to improve the lives of senior pets
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