PHYSIOTHERAPIST Sue Vacher uses her healing hands and acupuncture to help animals.
The therapist, who works out of Pottsville Physio, sees mostly patients of the human variety, but completed her Masters in Animal Physiotherapy in 2007.
“I studied it through the University of Queensland. It was a joint initiative between the veterinary and physio schools,” she said. She has been extending her services to Ben the beagle, who has been suffering with suspected arthritis and a pinched nerve.
“He has been on medication for arthritis, but about a week-and-a-half ago he began to scream with pain, sometimes for minutes at a time,” Mr Miller said.
“The vet had given him something to help calm him down, but we felt he needed something else so my daughter went to the RSPCA to see if there was such a thing.”
Ms Vacher said she thought it was amazing how many dogs were put down before their owners tried alternatives.
“The thing with vets is they have to be everything– GP, surgeon, radiologist – they aren't used to having other specialists to work with,” she said.
Ben's owners Don and Helen Miller, of South Tweed, reported the dog felt so well after his first acupuncture and physio session he attempted to chase a bird.
“We are really hopeful that the treatment is going to help improve his condition,” Mr Miller said.
“The main thing is that people aren't aware that this type of treatment is around.”
Ms Vacher said the animals were often more honest then her human patients.
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