Are you looking for someone who understands how much you love your furry family member?
Who realises how important it is that you give them the very best possible quality of life?
Don’t worry – we get it. We’ve got furry people in our families, too!
Professor Helen Nicholson began her career in animal physiotherapy back in the mid-1990s, while she was still a human physiotherapy student – she had a rickety old Labrador, Holly, and a wonderful local vet who would help her translate her newly acquired human physiotherapy skills to help keep old Holly going in her golden years.
The good doctor would say, “Well, this is what’s wrong with her; she’s got arthritis in her shoulder. What would you do with a human with an arthritic shoulder?”
“Well,” Helen would reply. “I’d stabilise the scapula (shoulder blade) and distract and glide the humerus (arm bone).”
“Right,” the good doctor would say. “Here’s her scapula, and here’s her humerus. Show me.”
Helen would then orient herself (dogs and people aren’t quite built the same way) and demonstrate the technique.
“Right!” the vet would exclaim. “That looks safe! Go home and do that!”
And thus a passion for animal physiotherapy was born!
Fast forward more than 20 years, three physiotherapy degrees, several textbooks and journal articles later and what have you got?
Professor Helen Nicholson, who leads our animal physiotherapy team to achieve the very best results for pets just like yours. Whether you have a rabbit with floppy bunny syndrome, a cat whose mistimed jump has had disastrous consequences, a sausage dog whose back has exploded like a stick of dynamite or an athletic dog who is itching to go that little bit faster, Helen and her team of hand-picked and personally-trained assistants are the ones you need.