Julia supporting Sapphie balancing

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Julia Martin MCSP, Grad Dip Phys

ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist
Category A Member ACPAT
HCPC Registered Member

Julia examining a horse

Julia Martin is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1980 and is registered with the Health Professions Council, the authority which ensures that those working in the field of human healthcare maintain high professional standards of training, performance and conduct.

She is a member of Physio First, the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice. This is an occupational group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which was launched in 1952 to promote the highest standards of clinical practice in physiotherapy.

Julia has been an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist (the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) since 1985. ACPAT is a clinical interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapists are skilled professionals within animal physiotherapy and are recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to lawfully treat animals after referral from a veterinary surgeon.

ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapists have Professional and Public Liability insurance and work to the highest standards of professional practice.

ACPAT members work only with veterinary referral. They also work in conjunction, as required, with other animal professionals including veterinary nurses, behaviourists and trainers.

Julia began working in association with veterinary surgeons referring animals for physiotherapy in 1983, and in those early days some 90 per cent of her animal therapy work consisted of equine referrals. Her equine cases included race horses, show jumpers, three-day eventers, dressage horses and polo ponies.

Julia works with the highest professional commitment and passion to obtain the best possible outcome for each referral case. Her aim is to combine top-level clinical expertise and specialist skills with a friendly, warm and personal approach.

After veterinary referral, Julia examines the animal, building a relationship of trust while assessing the condition and needs. She then draws up an individual treatment plan involving specific treatment skills and techniques to aid healing and recovery. As treatment progresses there are ongoing consultations with the veterinary professionals and of course with the owners, for whom she provides advice on exercise, rehabilitation, home management and handling techniques. Please visit the Case Studies and Home Management pages for more information.

Says Julia: “The top-priority aims of treatment are to help an animal recover from an accident or injury, firstly by implementing excellent pain treatment and management protocols, ideally to achieve a pain-free status, and secondly by optimising the movement range, quality and function as far as possible.”

*Julia is always pleased to discuss continuing professional development (CPD) with local veterinary practices, and will be happy to help and advise on this important topic. Please contact her for more information.