Aims of treatment:
- Relieves pain and discomfort
- Maintains physical function
- Supports and enhances the bodies healing process
- Corrects muscular imbalance and improve muscular control
- Supports posture
- Supports conformational weaknesses
- Treatment of wounds and injury such as tendon or ligament damage
- Supports animals suffering from neurological dysfunction
- Manual therapies of therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and McTimoney manipulation therapy
- Electrotherapeutic modalities of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), H-Wave, laser and ultrasound
- Remedial exercise programmes include gait re-education, range of motion exercise, stretching, proprioceptive stimulation and gymnastic exercise.
Imbalances in the musculoskeletal system have a huge detrimental effect on the performance and comfort of your horse. Compensations made throughout the body as a result of these imbalances alter the gait and posture of the horse, limiting performance and impacting how the body functions.
While many think this is only a problem in competitive animals, it also impacts the leisure horse.Ever wondered why your horse finds it difficult to get the correct bend when schooling, has difficulty picking up a certain canter lead or finds it difficult to soften in to an outline?
These can all be indications that your horse is suffering from imbalances in the body, preventing them performing what you are asking.Further signs that you horse may require treatment are:
- Reduction in usual performance
- Change in behaviour
- Difficulty schooling
- Chronic painful conditions such as osteoarthritis or long term lameness
- Post and during periods of confinement and box rest
- Traumatic events such as a falls, slips, kicks
- Open wounds
A twice yearly check up for your horse is advised for a leisure horse, with animals working at a higher level or competing requiring more frequent assessments. Frequent treatments will allow early imbalances to be detected and treated, ensuring optimal physical function and maintain long term health.
Emma Barber Veterinary Physiotherapy – MSc, PgDip, BSc, EEBW, BHSAI
Providing a mobile service throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Staffordshire