Physiotherapy utilises a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve muscle strength, gait and posture in your horse. Problems may occur due to injury, poor fitting tack or through the normal demand of exercise and work. Regular physiotherapy is important for your horses wellbeing and addressing these problems.
Signs your horse may benefit from physiotherapy:
Behavioural issues such as napping or bucking
Resentment to tack
Sensitivity over the back or poll
Low grade lameness
Reluctance or difficulty with working in an outline
Injury - new or chronic
A useful aid to improving joint range of movement, normalising gait and posture and improving proprioception
Usually used for pain relief or muscle recruitment. TENS and muscle stimulators can be loaned to clients for use at home.
A useful tool to maintain range of movement and muscle length. This type of exercise may be given for owners to practice at home.
Trigger point release, reflex inhibition and soft tissue massage are all techniques that may be employed to reduce pain and muscle spasm
Mobilising stiff joints to improve range of movement and relieve pain