Everything you need to know & do

Equine physiotherapy

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does your horse show any of the following?

Signs of pain & weakness:

- Lameness (limping)

- Withdrawn behaviour 

- Fatigue & tiredness 

- Reluctance to exercise 

- Stiffness & prolonged time to warm up

- Lack of topline

- Loss of condition 

- Loss of muscle 

- Scuffing or dragging of toes 

- Increased stumbling or tripping

- Work in a hollow outline

- Lack hindlimb engagement 

- Fall in or out on a circle

- Hang on one rein 

- Inability to ride straight

- Buck or rear during canter transition

- Stopping & ducking out

- Adverse behaviour when tacking up, mounted or grooming

If yes, then your horse can definitely benefit from veterinary physiotherapy!

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rehabilitative injuries & conditions

Veterinary physiotherapy can help to rehabilitate the following injuries & conditions:

- Osteoarthritis

- Sacroiliac lesions/pain

- Fractures

- Muscle tension/spasm

- Impingement of the dorsal spinous processes ‘kissing spines’

- Soft-tissue tears, strains, lacerations, abrasions, swelling & bruising

What you need to do

Prior to treatment I will require completion of a consent form which includes

- Owner consent form. This provides formal consent for veterinary physiotherapy treatment and enables me to discuss treatment with your Veterinary surgeon. 

- Consent to holding of personal details and data where necessary.

- Veterinary consent if your dog has a past or current injury or condition. 

The consent form can be found below.

What to expect

Initial assessment - 1 to 1.5 hours, including note writing.

Firstly I will assess your horse both statically & dynamically, recording how they are physiologically 'put together' and how they move, this includes assessment of movement for each joint.

 

Palpation of all superficial muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone and skin enables me to assess for heat, pain, tension, swelling, scar tissue and irregularities.

Based on my findings alongside current and previous veterinary notes and history I will treat accordingly and devise an individualised home rehabilitation/strengthening/conditioning programme.

 

My findings of the initial assessment, treatment and home programme will then be given to you either electronically or by hard copy. If necessary I shall update your vet on my findings and course of action.