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Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation

Equine sports therapy assesses the horse’s musculoskeletal system for areas of muscular imbalance, pain, tension and restricted range of motion. Physical therapy aims to optimise the healing processes of the body, through the promotion of increased blood flow, lymphatic drainage and fibre alignment. The manual techniques I use include soft tissue massage and mobilisation, active and passive stretching, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, activation and stabilisation exercises and Kinesiotaping. Some of the therapeutic exercises used include long-reining, lunging, in-hand and ridden pole work, lateral work, hill work and hydrotherapy.Sessions may involve purely manual techniques, or may be used in combination with remedial exercise. Sports therapy can be beneficial to all types of horses, from your family or companion horse to top-level competition horses. A long-term rehabilitation programme can be greatly beneficial to horses following a musculoskeletal injury, long-term box rest or after a surgical procedure. Sports therapy may also be necessary to manage an ongoing musculoskeletal condition, such as osteoarthritis or ‘kissing spines’. However, horses that are not suffering from a specific condition or injury are also susceptible to pain and tension. Factors such as conformation, breed, discipline, age and preference to use one side of the body, may place strain on specific areas of the body. Other factors such as saddle fit, farriery and rider asymmetry can also contribute to the presence and intensity of pain and tension. These issues can be displayed through subtle or obvious changes in posture, movement, performance or behaviour. Even if there are no noticeable issues with your horse, a regular wellness-programme can still optimise comfort, health and performance, reduce the risk of injury and possibly allow earlier detection of problems. An essential aspect of equine sports therapy is having a holistic view and it is therefore very beneficial if I am able to work closely with your veterinarian, farrier, saddler, trainer/ rider and other paraprofessionals, to ensure the best possible care for your horse.

The Possible Causes of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction Indications that Therapy may be Necessary The Benefits of Sports Therapy  
* Please note that sports therapy is not a substitute for correct veterinary care. Veterinary permission will be required before sessions can be commenced, in accordance with The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. I will also not be able to work on the horse if there are any signs of lameness/ significant gait abnormality. Your veterinarian should be your first point of contact for any major concerns.