What is Veterinary/animal physiotherapy?
This involves the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions in animals.
At its core physiotherapy is about improving the animal; whether recovering from illness, rehabilitating from injury, enhancing competition performance, or simply boosting the wellbeing of the horse.
For the horse recovering from injury or illness, I can apply a variety of stretching, massage and relaxation techniques, as well as the use of physiotherapy equipment as part of a comprehensive and individually tailored rehabilitation programme, to promote a timely and effective return to work, with the aim to restore injured tissue back to full function and strength.
A knowledge of biomechanics and physiotherapy can also improve the harmony between horse and rider in the apparently fully fit horse. Through a combination of biomechanical knowledge and coaching techniques I am able to treat performance issues, whether evidence of an underlying condition, or simply a communication problem between horse and rider.
Maintenance of equine wellbeing is also key to maximum performance and I am able to offer a wealth of advice and knowledge on fitness training, rehabilitation exercises, weight management and nutrition.
But biomechanical performance is not just about physiotherapy. I have developed close working relationships with local vets, farriers, saddlers and equine dentists that enables a multi-specialist approach to individual conditions and issues.
Does my horse need physio?
There are many signs that may be an indication that your horse is in discomfort or pain and in need of physiotherapy.
Stiffer on one rein
Incorrect lead or disunited canter
Struggles to accept contact
Reluctance to go forwards
Uneven shoe wear
What sort of conditions do we treat?
The aim is to treat inflammation and pain, promote healing, maintain the momentum of training and prevent or manage secondary problems.
Some of the conditions include:
Muscle imbalance and injury
Back problems - muscle spasm, saddle related pain, joint pain
Tendon and ligament injuries
Arthritis and joint problems
Manual therapy techniques including massage, stretches and trigger point therapy
Soft tissue manipulation
Pulsed electromagnetic therapy
Exercise and rehabilitation programmes including gait re-education