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Common reasons for the use of Equine physiotherapy include:

 

 

To Maximise performance and potential in their discipline.

 

 

Schooling difficulties

 

 

Enhancing recovery for tendons, muscles and ligaments.

 

 

Optimise physical maintenance during box rest

 

 

 Rehabilitation after time off work or after surgery

 

 

Neck, Back, and pelvic pain

 

 

Nerve injuries

 

 

Joint problems

 

 

To assess for a physical problem presenting as a behavioural issue

 

 

"MOT" to check your horse is ready for what you plan to do

with them

 

 

 To help the older horse to optimise movement and comfort

 

 

Pre-competition/race and post-competition/race treatment.

 

Techniques and services offered for Equine Physiotherapy 

 

Soft Tissue Massage

 

 

Myofascial Release

 

 

Stretches

 

 

Reflex and reciprocal inhibition (Using animals own reflex to contract and relax muscle)

 

 

Trigger Point Release

 

 

Joint Mobilisations

 

 

Exercise therapy for strength, stability and proprioception

 

 

Specific Rehabilitation programmes

 

 

 Electrotherapy such as Pulsed Magnetic Therapy, TENs, Muscle stimulation & Laser

 

 

Advice on ground work as an adjunct or substitute for ridden work

 

 

Provision of professional advice to the rider, owner or trainer

 

Assessment

 

Prior to assessing your horse, a history on their problems and lifestyle will be taken. This is followed by an observatory assessment of their posture, conformation and gait. This involves looking at them moving in various directions and if possible on different surfaces. If needed a ridden and/or lunge assessment may be included.

Palpation will follow the gait assessment where Lily will feel their muscles, tendons and joints looking for any possible problems. Once assessment is complete and problems identified, an individual treatment plan will be decided in line with any goals you have for your horse.

Please ensure that the person handling the horse for assessment can provide information about the horse and competent to be the handler at all times, including trotting up.

Please also have your tack available to look at. Thank you