Who is behind Lynch Veterinary Physiotherapy?

My name is Anne-Marie Lynch, AdvCertVPhys, Cert ClinEd (Acc Mdx)

I’m a fully qualified, registered and insured Veterinary Physiotherapist, focusing on the treatment of small animals (mainly dogs) and horses. I am based in the northwest of Ireland, covering Leitrim and surrounding counties. I am available to travel further, depending on numbers of animals to be treated.

What services do I provide?

I provide a mobile physiotherapy service, treating your animal in your own home, livery yard, or at your vet’s practice.

What’s my background?

I have been involved with dogs and horses for much of my life. I learned to ride at a young age and competed in show jumping for several years at an amateur level.  Although my heart always lay in working with animals, I ended up working in business for many years.  Subsequently, I re-trained as a dog groomer and opened my own business in 2008, grooming all breeds & ages of dogs. Over the years, I saw many dogs with musculoskeletal issues that I felt could benefit from physiotherapy.

Returning to education in 2014 I studied for the Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy with CEP Training in the UK, accredited by Middlesex University and successfully qualified in July 2016. Currently, I am studying for the Clinical Educator Certificate, run by CEP Training and accredited by Middlesex University and on completion, I plan to complete the MSc in Professional Practice in Veterinary Physiotherapy.

During my physiotherapy training, I spent time at various equine yards in the UK working with show jumpers, eventers, thoroughbreds and family hacks. I also worked with both companion, working and agility dogs with a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological problems.

I attend CPD events as often as possible. The most recent ones were a seminar looking at the impact of saddle fit on the horse’s back; an equine limb dissection to better understand the structures within the horse’s limbs that tend to cause the most trouble; a 2-day workshop learning Daniel Kamen’s manipulation techniques for horses.

What is Veterinary Physiotherapy & Why is it necessary?

Veterinary or Animal Physiotherapy is the use of a combination of different therapeutic techniques in order to relieve pain and to maintain, improve and restore function.  And it is not just for elite athletes.

Your dog may have injured itself, jumping off the sofa, or playing ball in the garden – now it is lame or not able to use its back legs.  It may have been born with wonky hips or elbows.  It may be getting old and becoming stiff and sore, having difficulty getting out of bed or walking very stiffly. If your dog does agility, you may have noticed a change in its performance – maybe it doesn’t want to come down off the A-frame, do the weave poles, or maybe it is knocking poles it normally clears.

Your horse may have behavioural changes, doesn’t want to be saddled, has developed lameness, maybe not bending on one rein, doesn’t want to strike off on one leg in canter.  Maybe it doesn’t want to move forwards or jump fences it normally clears.  Maybe it is uneven foot balance which causes it to compensate in other parts of its body.

Just as we humans suffer from musculoskeletal and neurological conditions such as muscle strain, joint stiffness, soft tissue injuries, etc., in our normal daily lives, animals also suffer similar issues.  None of us is put together perfectly and we often end up have sore parts on our bodies just because of that.

Pain is one of the main features involved in most conditions.  In order to avoid pain, animals will try to compensate in many ways such as changes to the way they walk or trot, off-loading sore limbs (lameness), reduced performance and also behavioural problems.

Physiotherapy helps by addressing the various musculoskeletal components involved – muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and bones.  It can also help alleviate pain.  The use of manual therapies, electrotherapies, and exercise programs are combined to provide a unique treatment plan for each individual to help restore the best performance possible.