Hannah Aston is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse registered with the RVCS (RoyalCollegeof Veterinary Surgeons). She has recently studied in Nottingham for her certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy, member of the NAVP (National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists). Post Graduate level 2007 – 2008.
Hannah has also gained certificates and experience in hydrotherapy. The courses she attended were held at the Midlands based Hawksmoor Hydrotherapy Training Centre, which is accredited by ABC (Awarding Body Consortium).
Hannah is highly trained as a physiotherapist to provide a high level of care in assisting the veterinary profession in the rehabilitation of injured animals and also providing means of keeping athletic animals at their peak.
She restores and maintains mobility, function, independence and performance by having an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and physiology and pathology. This enables her to assess and treat musculoskeletal problems. As treatments enhances the bodies ability to heal itself.
I am trained to treat both horses and small animals for a number of conditions some including;
Ø Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia: Conservative care.
Ø Degenerative joint disease
Ø Post operative rehabilitation: e.g. Stifle or hip surgery, arthrodesis, amputation, ligament/tendon repair.
Ø Trauma and wound care.
Ø Acute and chronic soft tissue injuries, involving muscle, tendon, joint capsule or ligaments
Ø Sports/working injuries
Ø Back and neck pain.
Ø Degenerative myelopathy
Ø Post operative rehabilitation, e.g. laminectomy decompression
Ø Central and peripheral nerve injuries
Ø Balance/ vestibular disorders
Ø Fibrocartilaginous embolism.
Ø Muscle weakness and inbalance
Ø Muscle bruising and tears
Ø Tendon and ligament damage
Ø Swelling and inflammation
Ø Compensations associated with lameness
Ø Pre and post competitions to maximise performance and recovery
Ø Pain management
Ø Depression and elderly care
Ø Wounds – Scarring, proud flesh, bacterial regeneration and wound breakdown.
How Hannah treats;
Ø Soft tissue manipulation, massage and soft tissue/myofascial release.
Ø Mobilisation and joint manipulation
Ø Sports massage
Ø Manual treatment techniques; trigger/stress point work
Ø Thermal and cryotherapy
Ø Proprioception taping and training
Ø Gait re-education
Ø Prescribed exercise programmes
Ø Rehabilitation plans
Ø Red and blue light laser
Ø Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
Ø Pulse magnetic therapy
Manual techniques are useful in normalising muscle tone, reducing soft tissue adhesions, improving joint mobility, relieving pain and helping to restore normal movement patterns.
Electrotherapies such as laser and ultrasound are used to aid tissue healing, as well as reducing pain, electrical muscle stimulation helps in mobilising muscle, normalising tone and strengthening individual muscles. TENS can be used for pain relief. Exercise programmes are individually prescribed to increase flexibility, strength, endurance and proprioception. PMT (Pulse Magnetic Therapy) encourages bone deposition, pain relief, increase blood flow and soft tissue healing.
First your personal details will be recorded along with your veterinary details (If a referred client)
Once we have your vets consent the initial assessment will usually include the following;
Ø A detailed subjective assessment (details of your animal i.e. age, sex, breed, temperament, exercise, where sleeps etc).
Ø A detailed objective assessment (Observation, analysis of strength, range of movement, gait, palpation of bones and musculature).
Ø Devising a problem list with goals for treatment.
Ø Devising a treatment and a rehabilitation plan to meet the goals listed.
Ø Home exercise programme for you to continue the treatment at home.
Ø Liaison with the vet if appropriate.
Ø Referral to other specialists (Hydrotherapy) if it is deemed necessary.
The number of visits will depend on the condition being treated and how the animal reacts to the treatment, all animals and cases are different.
We are fortunate at Manor Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusiastic staff.