About JD Animal Therapy
J.D. Animal Therapy was built on the concepts of love, respect and proper caring for each and every animal under our care.
Jessica DiNapoli is a trained equine sports therapist who recently returned from Kentucky to her home in Rhode Island to build her business and apply her skills as a therapist to New England’s equine population.
Equine sports therapy is derived from the concepts of human physical therapy and athletic training, and adapted by those in the veterinary field to fit the needs of our equine companions. As with human therapy, equine sports therapy is complementary to traditional medicine and treatment. In cooperation with a veterinarian's treatments, the equine therapist aims to decrease pain, accelerate the healing process, and reduce the likelihood of further injury.
Animal therapists are now well established and highly valued resources in Europe and Australia. The trade has grown in popularity since inception and we now find ourselves with a growing demand throughout the United States.
As therapists, we understand the important bond that exists between an owner and pet. It is our job to help strengthen the important relationship between humans and animals by providing these animals with a higher quality of healthcare. This new form of animal therapy provides us with a number of solutions in preventative and therapeutic care. With our gathering knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the varied species, we can use our therapeutic modalities combined with veterinary science to achieve the highest quality of health and fitness for each animal.
Our goal as therapists is to use all non-invasive procedures to:
- Restore full range of motion to joints
- Reduce pain
- Treat post-operative injuries and improve the healing response
- Stimulate the immune system
- Treat muscle disuse atrophy
- Improve the function of and encourage the use of weak, injured, or paralyzed limbs
- Keep animals in a state of optimal health and fitness
It is very important for people to understand that equine therapists provide secondary care to horses. It is not the job of the therapist to replace or interfere with the responsibilities of the attending veterinarian. The therapist is not authorized to diagnose any illness or injury, or administer prescription medication intravenously. Equine therapy is meant to complement veterinary medicine.
Once lameness has been evaluated, we work closely with your veterinarian and his/her diagnosis in the planning and use of appropriate treatment protocols and therapeutic modalities for the achievement of maximum results. Communication is consistently maintained between the therapist and the other members of the healthcare team to ensure the highest quality of care for each horse.
How does it all work?
The Equine Therapist is able to recognize discomfort in its earliest stages, the time when it’s easiest to treat. Signs of a problem in the horse may include:
- a change in attitude
- signs of distress or depression
- unwillingness to do a job
- heat or swelling on the body or limbs
- uneven foot falls
- sensitivity to touch or pressure on the body
Starting with a full evaluation of your horse’s individual needs, the therapist will then discuss your horse’s condition with your veterinarian and other healthcare team members, (farrier, dentist, chiropractor, etc…), in order to round out the understanding of your horse’s history and condition.
A therapeutic protocol, using one or more therapeutic tools, will then be tailored to meet the horse’s needs. Read more about Therapy Types or see Frequently Asked Questions.