Physiotherapy treatments

  • Soft tissue mobilisations, trigger point release and massage
  • Joint mobilisations and manipulations
  • Stretches
  • Exercise programmes
  • Electrotherapy- ultrasound, laser, magnetic therapy
  • Neuromuscular stimulation
  • Cryotherapy and heat therapy
  • Kinesiotape/Functional movement taping 
  • Gait re-education
  • Provision of specialist knowledge 

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The physiotherapy assessment

Equine assessement
On your first appointment a full history of the problems your horse has been having will be gained. This will be followed by an assessment of your horse’s paces, this may involve assessing their gait on different surfaces, in straight lines and circles, in hand, ridden and on the lunge. The horses muscles, soft tissue and joints will be palpated. From this assessment your horse’s problems will be identified and then an individual treatment programme will be planned accordingly.
Points to consider when booking an assessment:
- It may be necessary to see the tack so please have this available.
- The horse will need to be held by the owner or a competent handler at all times.
- The horse needs to be dry and clean in order to assess their muscles in the best possible way.
- Providing the right facilities will enable a better service. The physiotherapist will need to see the horse trotted on a hard surface and a shelter or stable is needed for assessment and treatment in case of adverse weather conditions.
Canine assessment
Each dog will go through a full assessment, collecting information on what problems your dog is having.  This will be followed by an assessment of your dog’s gait, this may include assessing them at a variety of paces, on and off the lead. It may also be required to assess how your dog carries out  certain activities e.g. sit to stand, stairs, getting in and out of the car and getting up and down from a lying position. The  physiotherapist will then assess joint movement and feel the muscles. From this assessment your dog’s problems  will be identified and then an individual treatment programme will be planned accordingly.

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