Many of the geriatric patients that we see on a day-to-day basis in practice are suffering from osteo-arthritis and mobility issues. Often the first port of call is use of NSAIDs alongside supplements - but do you want to do more in practice to help these patients?
There is so much that can be achieved to make these patients more comfortable and mobile by using some basic techniques and also with consideration and minor adaptations to the home environment.
During this course we will look at massage and use of effleurage and petrissage; passive range of movement exercises, stretching, improving proprioception and balance, strength building (with and without basic apparatus), exercise advice, and many environmental considerations that can be easily implemented.
Your learning from the course will ultimately enable you to set up basic physiotherapy clinics that will act as a perfect adjunct to senior clinics, and will help owners to help their pets as you will be able to teach them how to utilise some of the basic methods.
Your clients will love the changes that they see in their pets!
By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:
- Have an understanding of the pathophysiological changes that occur during the disease process of osteoarthritis
- Be able to carry out and demonstrate simple techniques and exercises to help the geriatric patient, and appreciate changes that can be made to adapt the environment
- Have a clear idea how to set up a clinic for their geriatric patients with mobility issues
Kerrie Oakley Dip A Phys RVN Cert Ed