We provide on and off site physiotherapy for equine clients and off site for canine, all our physiotherapists are qualified to the highest level obtaining Masters Degrees in Veterinary Physiotherapy for Equine and Canine, we are also members of associations including, The Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners, and The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists.
Physiotherapy is a widely used modality for animals of all abilities, from a leisure horse to the performance athlete, it is also used in pre- and post- surgery and injury, and whilst horses are on box rest. Horses can suffer from musculoskeletal imbalances through minor injuries and general strains, tensions and fatigue through training, and with the horses body weight being 60% muscle weight prevention is better than cure, as this can create discomfort and pain in other areas of the body. This can then affect their movement, which ultimately impacts their performance and physical wellbeing. Other elements that can affect the musculoskeletal system of the horse are the saddle, teeth, bridles and bits and the rider.
Our physiotherapy sessions are tailored for each individual horse, as no horse is the same. Horses will be statically and dynamically assessed this allows us to evaluate the horse’s movement through its musculoskeletal system, compensatory issues and gait abnormalities. Following we palpate and treat the whole body using soft tissue manipulation and massage and any stretching exercises, which will facilitate the treatment areas.
We also have a range of electrotherapies available for use depending on our findings, including class 3 laser therapy, ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, TENs, NMES. After the session we also discuss with the owner aims and goal, further treatment recommendations and then we will recommend exercises in order to help any conditions we have found during the session.
Prior to initial physiotherapy treatments it is a legal requirement under sections 19 and 20 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the Veterinary Surgery Exemptions Order 1962 for veterinary consent in order for any horse to have veterinary physiotherapy treatment. It is the owners responsibility to obtain prior to the treatment.