Case Study: Alfie


Alfie is a 6 year old Westie who was presented to me after suffering from an acute non-compressive cervical disc extrusion also called low volume high velocity disc herniation in the caudal cervical spine.

He was paralysed through is left side with significantly reduced proprioception in his left hind.

Treatment revolved around reducing muscle spasms, aiding joint mobilisation, regaining balance and aiding muscle development.

Exercises to increase suppleness and strength followed after a few weeks of treatment.

Alfie responded well to treatment, appeared much more comfortable and in control, and whilst his left side was still affected, he was able to enjoy his walks again and maintain a good quality of life.

(Nucleus Diagram courtesy of

Cotswold horse and hound physiotherapy – Hannah Ashton BSc qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist in 2009. Hannah treats animals of all shapes and sizes, specialising in the treatment of race horses, show horses, dressage horses, hunters, eventers and companion horses.

She also works with competition, show and companion dogs and farm animals.

Based near Stow on the Wold, areas covered include parts of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.