Active Balance Veterinary Physiotherapy & Behaviour Solutions, Hinckley, UK
Maria Johnston is a successful multi-skilled canine therapist with a comprehensive portfolio in all aspects of physical and behavioural rehabilitation, as well as performance enhancement techniques for the canine athlete. Maria uses a variety of therapies including hydrotherapy.
Experience gained as a keen agility competitor for many years, reaching some of the UK’s top finals, provided a realisation that our athletic companions need to be treated with the same attention to detail as their human counterparts. Active Balance was born from a passion to provide professional care and rehabilitation and to empower guardians with information and practical solutions to give a greater understanding of their canine partners.
Maria assesses and creates bespoke treatments including both land and pool-based sessions from her base in the Midlands. As an adjunct to these treatments, a programme of exercises has been developed to improve balance both mentally and physically, reduce the risk of injury, enhance musculoskeletal health and ultimately strengthen performance and consistency. As Veterinary Physiotherapist for Agility Team GB, Maria travelled throughout Europe supporting the canine squad through all aspects of training and competition, as well as raising their awareness of maintenance and performance enhancement care.
Maria has lectured on the PGCert Small Animal Rehabilitation Certificate course, delivered at the Nottingham Veterinary school. Additionally, she has guest lectured at the Royal Veterinary College and Cambridge University as well as a wide range of organisations across the UK and Europe.
In 2019 Maria was invested as Fellow of IRVAP for her work with the athletic canine. (The Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists). For many years Maria has worked alongside Barbara Houlding delivering the practical aspects of K9HS hydrotherapy courses.