Rehabilitation and physiotherapy are well-established treatment forms that originated in ancient Greece. Physician Hippocrates swore an oath to improve the quality of life by applying massage, hydro- and manual therapy techniques.
Today, physical therapy refers to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries and disabilities that jeopardise the physiological function. Veterinary physiotherapy is a very young health specialisation, yet is rapidly gaining worldwide acknowledgement as a highly valuable contribution to veterinary medicine. Canine rehabilitation is vital in chronic diseases and age-related complications, to improve motor control, strength, endurance and general well-being.
Animal Rehabilitation Crete offers in-home treatment for dogs with
- neurological disorders
- muscular & joint problems
- behavioural problems
- need for post-operative recovery support
- and many other physiological and conduct problems
Get in touch to see how the quality of life can be improved for your canine.
Two years ago I decided to move from the Netherlands to Crete with my partner and dog. I started fostering a rescue puppy with a fractured hip, only to discover how rudimentary the specialised care for physically impaired animals was. With over 20 years of experience as a physiotherapist and anatomist for humans, I realised that my love for dogs and my paramedic background needed to start moving in sync.
I started an education at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee in order to become a CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner). During my internship at the local veterinarian office, I found that the demand for this specialised field was growing fast. Before even finishing my studies, I had multiple cases to work on.
As a canine rehabilitation specialist, there is no greater joy for me than to see the fast progress that these animals are making. Not only has it improved the quality of their life, but it has given a new and exciting purpose to mine.