Horses

The role of physiotherapy is a well recognised treatment of horses and ponies. Assessment and treatment may be in response to a specific diagnosis, due to a change in behaviour or performance or as part of routine maintenance. As with humans, horses compensate for pain by altering their movement. Although this may initially be quite subtle, over time it can result in adaptations in muscle and soft tissue, altered balance and force transmission through joints and pain that may predispose further injury. Addressing the primary complaint and any secondary compensations helps to restore normal movement and prevent ongoing problems.  

 

Equine assessment will be carried out at your yard and will take between 60 and 90 minutes. Assessment includes analysis of your horse in standing, walking and trotting in a straight line, rein back and tight circles and where possible/appropriate on the lunge and/or under the saddle. Your horse will then have a thorough evaluation of their joints and soft tissues to further guide their management. Assessment findings will be discussed and indicated treatment will then be performed. A home exercise programme will be provided for you to continue with at home in order to optimise the treatment effects.

 

Conditions that may benefit from Physiotherapy include:

 

  • Tendon Injury
     

  • Muscle strains/tears
     

  • Joint Problems -including degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, stiffness and pain
     

  • Back, neck and pelvic pain
     

  • Nerve injury
     

  • Compensatory issues secondary to lameness
     

  •  Post-surgical rehabilitation
     

  • Sudden change in behaviour
     

  • Difficulty with transitions, impulsion, or over fences, difference in performance between reins, poor contact acceptance etc
     

  • Transition in level of competition or change of discipline
     

  • Introduction into work or return to work following injury or time off
     

  • Maintaining performance during or following competition

Treatment Options Include: 

  • Soft tissue and joint mobilisation

  • Myofascial Release, Reflex Inhibition and trigger point therapy

  • Massage and lymphatic drainage

  • Stretches and reflex movement

  • Proprioceptive sports taping

  • Therapeutic exercise programmes

  • Electrotherapy modalities including TENs and NMES

  • Class 3B Laser

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