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Why choose physiotherapy for your horse

Physiotherapy is beneficial for horses of all types and uses. From the happy hacker to the dressage horse.

Physiotherapy can be utilised for maintenance to help keep your horses muscles, joints and tissues strong and healthy, picking up on any changes early on. 

Physiotherapy for rehabilitation post injury or surgery is utilised to reduce healing time, improve strength of injured tissues and ensure optimum recover. Patients with ongoing musculoskeletal disease benefit greatly from physiotherapy to reduce pain and improve quality of life. 

Common conditions treated with Physiotherapy:

Osteoarthritis
Kissing spines
Sacroiliac conditions
Neurological issues
Soft tissue sprains, strains and tears
Muscular asymmetries 
Pain
Fractures
Wounds
Locking stifles
Mud fever
Muscle tightness

What to expect from a Veterinary Physiotherapy appointment

A thorough musculoskeletal assessment will be carried out during the initial appointment. This includes assessing stance, walk and a head to toe hands on assessment. Following the assessment goals will be set and an individualised tailored treatment program formulated. 
The initial appointment will take 60-90 minutes, repeat appointments will take up to 60 minutes depending on the treatments required and patient size.

Static Assessment

  • Confirmation

  • Posture

  • Limb placement and weight distribution

  • Overall condition

Dynamic Assessment

  • Walk, trot, circles and walking backward as required

  • Lameness

  • Gait pattern

  • Active joint movement

  • Coordination and balance

Palpation and Joint Assessment

  • Entire body palpation

  • Muscle mass and tone

  • Joint range of motion

  • Neurological assessment 

  • Identify areas of pain

Treatment

  • Manual therapies

  • Electrotherapy's

  • Remedial Exercise Prescription

  • Home exercise plan

Signs your horse may benefit from Physiotherapy

  • Lameness

  • Behavioural changes 

  • Reactive

  • Head shaking 

  • Reluctance when tacking up

  • General stiffness or stiff on one rein

  • Swollen joints

  • Inability to stand square and shifting weight

  • Not engaging hindlimbs

  • Toe scuffing

  • Avoiding or refusing jumps

  • Stiffness on one rein

  • Disunited canter

  • Muscle loss along the top line

  • Poor posture

  • Loss of general condition​