Does my horse need physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy can either be used for rehabilitation post injury or surgery, for maintenance of long-term conditions, or for improving general wellbeing. Signs your horse may need physiotherapy are as follows:
Change in behaviour
Unhappy to be tacked up
Rearing, bucking or napping
Reluctance to move forwards
Reduced suppleness or straightness
Difficulty collecting or moving laterally
Reluctant to accept a contact
Disunited in canter or difficulty cantering on one rein
High head carriage and/or hollowing
Difficulty getting up
If your horse is lame, you will need to make an appointment with your veterinarian; physiotherapy may only commence once the lameness has been diagnosed with permission from your vet.
How will physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy uses a combination of manual techniques, such as massage techniques (including myofascial release) and stretching; electrotherapies including H-wave, therapeutic ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, TENs, NMES, and laser; husbandry advice and exercise prescription. Together the modalities compliment each other in reducing pain whilst re-balancing muscle groups after compensatory gait patterns, to prevent the re-occurance of primary and thus secondary, compensatory pain.
Exercise programmes will also help target particular muscle groups which will improve competition performance and management of long-term conditions such as osteoarthritis.
What will I need to do?
Depending on findings from the assessment, you may be advised to complete targeted exercises, hot/cold therapy, stretching and environmental advice. A rehabilitation programme will be devised if the assessment is post injury or surgery.
If your horse has had a tendon or ligament injury or severe build up of scar tissue, ultrasound may be recommended 2-3 times a week which must be carried out by a qualified physiotherapist. There are electrotherapy only appointments available for this purpose.
Physiotherapy Assessment & Treatment (1-1.5 hours)
For appointments within a 20-mile radius of Romsey. There will be an additional charge of 60p per mile from 20-miles onwards. Yard discounts are available for multiple horses.
Follow-up Treatment (45mins-1hour)
If your horse requires further treatments for the same episode of injury. There will be an additional charge of 60p per mile from 20-miles onwards.
Course of Ultrasound/Laser Treatment (15-20mins visits)
For facilitating the healing of tendons, ligaments, and acute muscle tears; a course of ultrasound or laser may be recommended. The price is for either 7 sessions of therapeutic ultrasound, or 10 sessions of laser. Additional charges for over a 10-mile radius of Romsey at 60p per mile.
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