About Kristine Edwards
Kristine has been a physiotherapist all of her working life… so a few decades!
Her first two practices with people were very hands on, focussing on manual treatment, acupuncture, exercise regimes.
Kristine has a Physiotherapy degree from Cumberland College, Masters degree in Animal Physiotherapy from Queensland University in 2004, Acupuncture Diploma from Acupuncture Colleges in Sydney and Acupuncture (dry needling) Certificates through the Physiotherapy association.
She is a qualified pilates and yoga teacher and loves dancing, horse riding, tennis and dog walks. To Kristine, movement is an essential key to living a long and fulfilling life.
Continuing education is essential. Kristine has studied with many other specialist physiotherapists, animal physiotherapists, acupuncturists, movement educators.
More about Kristine
My family has always been home to many species… dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, and we were always bringing strays and injured creatures home for mum to take care of. Although I chose physiotherapy as my profession,I always felt I should have been a vet. So, when Canadian and British physiotherapists started offering animal physiotherapy courses in Australia, from 1999, I was immediately hooked. This training enabled me to combine a love of animals, exercise and physiotherapy expertise.
A Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy at Queensland University developed from these early beginnings. It was a brilliant 2 year education.Our teachers were mainly veterinarians and specialist physiotherapists, and one of the main aims was determining how we apply what we know about treating humans to animals.
I do believe we are all meant to move as well as we can, as long as we can, and I am thrilled to be able to help achieve this with my clients, whether they have 2 legs, 4 legs or wings.
I particularly love treating older animals…they respond so well to a little attention, change in exercise plan, manual treatment. I have a 16 year old spoodle, Danny, who runs like a 2 year old, a 16 year old cat, who is up and down the stairs all day, and my horse made it to the age of 37…we were riding till age 32.
I am grateful for the ability to recognise what I need for my own wellbeing and feel I am able to advise clients on what might be helpful for them or their animal at any particular time. Physiotherapists generally have such a big bag of skills to draw from..mobilising joints, massage, dry needling, correct exercise, electrotherapy, alternative therapies, referring on to other specialists or practitioners ..perhaps our skill is selecting the right combination for our client, and modifying that recipe with the client’s progress.