What is physiotherapy?


The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) defines physiotherapy as a science based profession which takes a whole person / animal approach to health and wellbeing. Physiotherapy helps to relieve pain and restore movement and function and can be appropriate for animals in many circumstances, such as those listed here.


Why you should choose an ACPAT physiotherapist


There are many different types of "animal therapists" available, which can make it very confusing if you are trying to find someone trustworthy and qualified to the highest standard to see your animal. ACPAT physiotherapists have all trained as human physiotherapists initially and then specialised in animals. As a result of this, ACPAT physiotherapists are widely regarded as offering the gold standard in animal therapy and most vets would only recommend ACPAT.


A "Category A" member of ACPAT is a fully qualified member of the "Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy" which is a clinical sub group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Category A status means practitioners have a recognised professional qualification, along with professional liability insurance and are regulated by a code of conduct determined by both ACPAT and the CSP. Physiotherapists who treat human patients also have to be a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (hcpc), this is an overarching organisation that regulates all human allied health professions and it is through this body that the title "physiotherapist" is protected.


In November 2016, an animal equivalent of the hcpc was launched. DEFRA has encouraged the formation of this 'industry led' regulatory body which is called the 'Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners' or 'RAMP Register'. RAMP has been approved by the RCVS and the insurance companies and is designed to remove confusion from the market place for owners and vets alike. The bottom line is that you can now choose a therapist (be they a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor) from the RAMP Register and be assured that they have met the required Standards of Practice and are, therefore, safe and competent to treat your animal.