Equine Physiotherapy


Equine Physiotherapy 



why it's important to use a qualified therapist for treating your horse and what to expect from the treatment I have a BSC honours degree in applied science and I spent further two years gaining my veterinary physiotherapy qualification I'm also a British horse society intermediate instructor all therapists are required to work within the veterinary surgeons exemption Act of 1966 which means that before I treat your horse I will gain permission from your vet to do so I'm also a member of the Institute of registered veterinary and animal physiotherapists which means that I have the necessary insurance when treating your horse physiotherapy covers a range of treatments including massage stretchers myofascial release acupressure manipulations and electro therapies it is not just for elite performance horses all horses whatever their age or level of work can benefit from a physio treatment problems and behaviors that might indicate that your horse would benefit from a physiotherapy treatment include rearing refusing at fences putting their ears back and biting when saddling up and earthing inability to lengthen the stride in trot and canter shortening of a stride striking or having difficulty striking off on a given rein and various other problems.






like that on my first visit to your horse I will take a full width veterinary and behavioral history including details of diet changes in behaviour work level and that sort of thing I will then ask you to walk and trot your horse up for me turn it on a tight circle in both directions and also ask it to back up Bible Synchron I will then make a static assessment of your horse starting at the head and working back throughout its body because even if the other end of the horse and this in the end usually takes between one and five minutes so what we hopefully we're looking for it's after a few minutes maybe some signs of relaxing very often it gets tight where the muscles get tight it pull so the next thing to do is to release that and again it may take someone I could be here for five minutes but it doesn't mean that I'm not doing anything it just means that the longer I have to keep my hands on the more of a problem there is in this area.this phototherapy employs red light the healing rate so I'm going to use it along the acupressure points I've already mentioned to help relax the horse and soft tissue injuries towards the end end of my treatment when I've got the muscles more relaxed and more stretchy then I might do any of the adjustments that might be needed now one of the more usual or one of the more common problems is hip problems so what we do my other therapist to relax the horse mobilize the tissues a little bit more make some adjustments stretches this horse is quite tight through the shoulder and because she has djd that is the genitive joint disease so what I encourage her to do is stretch this beep muscle here which is the brachiocephalic ass muscle by keeping in line with the body and just asking her to bring it back a little bit I'm watching to see how much stretch I get through there now I would do two or three stretches on each side loosen up the shoulder blade and get my fingers well underneath the front of the scapula whatever you do with your horse whether it's just hacking or a little competition at the weekends occasionally it's really important that you get your horse treated on a regular basis if you have your horse looked at about every six months any any problems that might be brewing can be addressed before they come become chronic and this can help your horse stay sound have a fit and active life for much longer.

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