Common reasons for the use of Equine physiotherapy include:
To Maximise performance and potential in their discipline.
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
To assess for a physical problem presenting as a behavioural issue
"MOT" to check your horse is ready for what you plan to do
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
Reflex and reciprocal inhibition (Using animals own reflex to contract and relax muscle)
Trigger Point Release
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
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