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Equine physiotherapy is the treatment of the musculoskeletal system in horses. All our therapists are trained in the skilled use of their hands to detect and assess (palpate) soft tissue injuries and, through many different techniques, treat the horse to regain full range of movement in the joints and soft tissues.
Our aim is to treat your horse with the minimum possible disruption to his/her work programme. By ‘freeing off’ areas of muscle spasm, regaining full range of movement in joints and removing pain we allow the horse to return to work. By correct work after treatment the horse and rider will carry out their own physiotherapy to continue building muscle strength and joint stability.
Physiotherapy can help with muscles, joint, tendon, ligament and nerve disorders (the neuromusculoskeletal system). Physiotherapists are trained to manipulate, mobilise, massage and stretch.
Treatment techniques such as trigger point pressure, and acupressure are used to help muscle pain.
Physiotherapists also use electrotherapy machines such as ultrasound, muscle stimulators, H-wave and Laser.
Physiotherapists work very closely with Vets. Physiotherapy is not an alternative to Veterinary Medicine, but an adjunct. In accordance with the Veterinary Act 1966, it is a requirement that the Physiotherapist has Veterinary consent to treat your horse.
We aim to work as a team alongside vets, farriers, saddlers and trainers to offer your horse the best possible care.
Our therapists work with the rider/owner to assist in creating a suitable work program for each horse and may be able to advise you on exercises to help rehabilitation or training of your horse.