Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in animals. (Dorset/Wiltshire based.)

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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
  • Post-race and post-event 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

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