Animal Physiotherapy: Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals

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Animal Physiotherapy is an essential reference guide for physiotherapists looking to apply the proven benefits of physiotherapy to the treatment of companion and performance animals. For veterinarians and others who work with animals, the book reviews the scientific principles behind the practice of physiotherapy, and what it can achieve. For the physiotherapist this book provides essential applied background information on animal behaviour, nutrition, biomechanics and exercise ...
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Overview

Animal Physiotherapy is an essential reference guide for physiotherapists looking to apply the proven benefits of physiotherapy to the treatment of companion and performance animals. For veterinarians and others who work with animals, the book reviews the scientific principles behind the practice of physiotherapy, and what it can achieve. For the physiotherapist this book provides essential applied background information on animal behaviour, nutrition, biomechanics and exercise physiology.
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Reviewer: Jonathan Hale Foreman, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is intended as a comprehensive reference on equine and canine physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Diagnostic sections cover behavior, nutrition, biomechanics, exercise physiology, lameness, and neurological conditions. Therapy sections include assessment, manual therapy, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture. The book concludes with separate sections on canine and equine treatment and rehabilitation.
Purpose: According to the senior editor, "the aim of this book is to provide physiotherapists and interested others with a broad base of information on aspects of animal physiotherapy," who notes the book "is based on the teachings in the physiotherapy programmes in Australia and the U.K."
Audience: Animal physiotherapists, veterinarians, and "others who work with animals" are the intended audience. For veterinarians and scientists who want more detail and science behind the various therapies, the book does cover the science behind animal or veterinary physiotherapy much better than earlier books limited to equine physiotherapy. The 14 chapters are written by 21 different authors.
Features: The use of a three-tiered numbering system for the book, combined with the use of bulleted points, is occasionally distracting but mainly helpful in outlining the salient points. The use of graphs and line drawings to emphasize scientific points made in the text is useful and educational. The black-and-white illustrations throughout the book are helpful. For example, numerous valuable photographs of horses being stretched manually are used to illustrate the chapters on assessment and manual therapy. The next-to-last chapter on canine physiotherapy is particularly complete and well written. The last chapter on equine treatment and physiotherapy is disappointing given the minimum of 20 years that trainers and riders of elite equine athletes have been using physiotherapy for peak performance. Other books dedicated strictly to equine physiotherapy have done a better job in this area, such as Bromiley's Equine Injury and Therapy, 3rd edition (Blackwell Publishing, 2007).
Assessment: This book is unique in that it covers both canine and equine therapy. The science and art of these therapies are common to the care of both species, so their inclusion here is elucidating and valuable. The chapter on equine therapy is disappointing, but less so when seen in the context of the entire book which relies heavily elsewhere on examples of equine therapy to illustrate the earlier chapters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405131957
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Catherine McGowan is a veterinarian with an interest in equine performance. She has her PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine. She developed and coordinated the Royal Veterinary College’s Masters and Post Graduate Diplomas in Veterinary Physiotherapy and the University of Queensland’s Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy).

Lesley Goff is a Physiotherapist who completed Masters programs in both Manipulative Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sports Science and practised in animal physiotherapy before completing her Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy). She is currently still at the University of Queensland both teaching for the Animal Physiotherapy Masters program and completing her PhD on sacroiliac joint dysfunction in horses.

Narelle Stubbs is a Physiotherapist who practised as an animal physiotherapist and ACPAT Category A Member in the UK and Australia, including being the official physiotherapist for the Australian Equestrian team (horses and riders) since 1998, before completing her Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy). She is currently still at the University of Queensland both teaching for the Animal Physiotherapy Masters program and completing her PhD on back pain in horses.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Applied Animal Behaviour
3. Applied Animal Nutrition
4. Applied Animal Biomechanics
5. Comparative Exercise Physiology
6. Equine and Canine Lameness
7. Neurological and Muscular Conditions
8. Physiotherapy assessment for Animals
9. Manual Therapy
10. Principles of Electrotherapy in Veterinary Physiotherapy
11. Hydrotherapy
12. Acupuncture and Trigger Points
13. Canine Treatment and Rehabilitation
14. Equine Treatment and Rehabilitation

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