horse equine physio
Unable to make the stride?
Or scoring lower in your dressage test?
Has there been a recent change of behaviour
in your horse, has he
All the above could indicate a niggling problem or weakness which could be resolved with an equine physiotherapy session.
And don’t forget physiotherapy for horses can help injuries such as tendon problems, kissing spine and chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease (DJD) as well.
Assessment and treatment will take around an hour to an hour and a half and will include;
Full subjective assessment: Discussion of your current problems, for example difficulty on one rein, struggling with transitions, details of operation if applicable, past medical history, behavioural issues, previous use, current abilities and future goals. Maxine may also contact your vet for their recent input and opinions.
Objective assessment: Full work up or up to your animals ability, this may include slow motion video analysis, palpation of muscle and detection of soreness, palpation of spine locating any stiffness, and assessment of your horses range of movement at each joint.
Discussion of your goals: Your personal plans for yourself and your horse, what you would like to achieve and when by, this will allow us to develop a personal and individual exercise programme for you and your animal.
Treatment: This will depend on what is found during the initial assessment and will be developed according to your animal’s needs. It may include, but is not limited to;
• Specific soft tissue massage
• Kinesio Taping
• Trigger point release,
• Reflex inhibition,
• Muscle energy techniques,
• Sustained stretches,
• Electrotherapy e.g. Transelctrical stimulation (TENS) Neuroelectrical Stimulation (NMS) Ultrasound therapy, BioMagnetic Therapy, Low Level Laser Therapy
• Passive range of movement,
• Movement with manipulation,
• Spinal mobilisation,
• Sustained natural apophseal glides and accessory movements,
• Passive physiological movements.
Exercise Therapy plan: From the findings of the subjective and objective assessment along with the outcomes of the treatment a specific and individualised exercise program will be devised for you to put into place in the coming months.
Further treatment sessions: Each equine session will begin with a thorough reassessment to determine your animal’s progress. From there the treatment will be given along with a progressive or regressive exercise program for you to continue with.
Every step of the way you will be supported by a personal and professional service, we work closely with other animal professionals to ensure that you get the best possible treatment for your horse to achieve your goals.
It is advisable to also have a rider analysis session to ensure that your ailments are not also affecting your horse. Please see the ‘for you’ page, which can be found HERE.
Please note that any practitioner treating your horse, must by law, seek consent from your veterinarian. Prior to assessment, we will contact your vet on your behalf to discuss your requirements and gain consent or we may already have a referral from them.