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Equine
Physiotherapy

All horses benefit from physiotherapy, especially those in work or who are in the later stages of life. Ridden work creates unnatural demand on their bodies, however with regular physio, these tensions can be eased.

I aim to work with you and your horse to make them as comfortable and happy as possible, allowing them to achieve their full potential.

What to Expect

Prior to your visit, a referral form must be completed by your vets for me to work with the horse. This gives me permission (required by law) and their history so I have a good idea before I start of any issues present.

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Upon Arrival

Firstly, I like to meet your horse and start to form a bond whilst I chat to you about what they have been up to and your outcome goals. I am happy to treat with or without you there and I can explain everything as I go if you wish.

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Static Assessment

I will need to look at your horse from all angles to identify any abnormalities such as with posture, symmetry and conformation. I may want to see the saddle fit, so it is useful to keep it to hand.

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Dynamic Assessment

Next is the trot up. For this I require a handler and a suitable sized area, free from any potential hazards. Here I observe their movement and may record videos for reference. 

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Palpation Assessment

Finally I will have a thorough feel over your horse. In this stage I can identify issues within the musculoskeletal system, which can be worked on with treatment.

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After my assessment I will make a treatment plan for the session and explain what I am going to do and why. A typical session consists of an equine sports massage combined with other manual therapies like myofascial release and acupressure. I will implement electrotherapies when necessary such as the laser and PEME.

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Following our session I will provide a full summary of the consultation, highlighting key areas for improvement. Within the document will be a bespoke exercise plan targeting these areas for you to work on between physiotherapy appointments. A report will also be sent to your vet to update them on the findings of the session.

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