EQUINE VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY

why Choose Physiotherapy

How We Can Help

Veterinary physiotherapy can be beneficial alongside veterinary treatment to aid the rehabilitation of horses with musculoskeletal or neurological conditions/injuries. It can also be used for general condition maintenance and to enhance performance by improving muscle strength, stride length, and endurance.

Some of the common reasons for equine physiotherapy include:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Neurological conditions
  • Lameness
  • Reduced performance
  • Back pain
  • Sudden onset of unwanted behaviours
  • Kissing spines- conservative management or post-operative treatment
  • Fibrosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Upward fixation of the patella
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What To Expect

STATIC AND DYNAMIC ASSESSMENT

After the therapist has taken some history about your horse they will then make a visual assessment of them whist standing and moving. This may need to be done outside on a flat surface to make sure there is enough space to make an accurate assessment, this is where as an owner you will need to be involved to handle and trot up your horse.

PALPATION

The therapist will then palpate your horse to detect any areas of pain or tension.  For the therapist to clinically reason the treatment plan they need to understand the tissue state and degree of discomfort, so that the appropriate manual techniques or electrotherapies are chosen for the type and state of the tissue.

RANGE OF MOTION

During the range of motion assessment, each joint and the surrounding tissues are assessed to understand their current level of function and to discover any tissue restrictions that may need addressing. 

 

TREATMENT

After clinical reasoning of the key areas to work on, your treatment plan will be formulated with a range of techniques from the treatment categories below. Each plan is individually tailored and will vary between each animal, depending upon their medical issues, personalities, your available time and goals. 

 

These assessments will be performed at each visit to monitor any reactions and changes to the tissue or joints.

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Manual Therapies

These are hands-on techniques that can be used to target soft tissues, as they are useful in reducing muscle spasms, adhesions, relieving pain, mobilising deep structures and improving joint mobility, whilst being a non-invasive tool that can be applied to the majority of cases.

  • Soft tissue release techniques, including deep massage, trigger point work, and myofacial release.
  • Passive stretches and range of movement exercises.
  • Reflex inhibition techniques, which use the horse’s natural reflexes to stretch soft tissues and move joints.
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Electrotherapies
Hurdles offer a range of electrotherapies that work at a cellular level to provide pain relief, reduce swelling, reduce scar formation, speed up and improve the quality of the healing processes.
  • Laser
  • Ultrasound
  • Pulsed electromagnetic
  • TENS
  • NMES
  • Cryotherapy
  • Thermotherapy
Remedial Exercise Prescription

After sessions, when applicable, a remedial exercise program may be prescribed. This will be prescribed to the individual’s case and will involve one or more, small exercises to be carried out by yourself in order to provide continuity between treatments and to reach your end goals. All exercises will be demonstrated in order to ensure you are fully comfortable.

  • Muscle-strengthening exercises
  • Balance and coordination exercises
  • Baited stretches
  • Re-training functional activities and movement patterns
  • Training and schooling advice
  • Core stabilising exercises 

If you think your horse can benefit from physiotherapy then do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

£55

Initial Consultation

This will include a full assessment of your horse and its condition to allow Kirsten to produce an effective treatment plan

 

 

£50

Routine Consulation 

A shorter version of the initial assessment to see how your horse is getting on and to reassess the treatment plan