Whether your horse is for hacking, showing, hunting or competing, physiotherapy can help a vast array of problems and assist you and your horse in maximising performance potential.
Physiotherapy is not just limited to treating spinal and pelvic pain or muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, but can also help address movement compensations due to underlying lameness, degenerative joint conditions and saddle related problems.
CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM PHYSIO:
· Back, neck and pelvic pain
· Muscle strains or tears
· Tendon or ligament injuries
· Lameness and associated compensations
· Degenerative joint conditions
· Poor performance
· Post-surgical rehabilitation
· Return to work following injury
· Nerve injuries
· Saddle related problems
Physiotherapy can assist horses at all levels or performance by addressing the physical causes behind problems such as lack of suppleness, difficulty maintaining an outline or behavioural changes (including bucking and napping), inconsistency in performance and favouring one side.
Injury and post-surgery
Following veterinary diagnosis, physiotherapy may be incorporated into a rehabilitation programme to reduce pain, improve movement and restore normal function.
Physiotherapy can encourage healthy repair of tissues and minimise the formation of scar tissue. It can prevent muscle atrophy and maximise return to normal function by re-educating muscles following disuse or trauma and assist neural regeneration following injuries to nerves.
Physiotherapy can aid training and injury prevention by enhancing strength, mobility and flexibility, helping the horse to achieve and maintain optimal performance. Early detection of movement dysfunction is key to limiting development or worsening of pain and loss of performance.
The Older Horse
Physiotherapy can help relieve stiffness, pain and muscle loss often seen in the older animal. It can help with flexibility and improve muscle function, thereby enhancing quality of life in the older horse.