How can physiotherapy benefit your equine?

Physiotherapy is a highly recognised and accepted profession within human medicine and is now growing in demand within the veterinary world due to the wealth of benefits it can provide for animals.  For horses, physiotherapy can help manage:

 

Age

Pain is an increasing risk factor as you age. This is where physiotherapy can help with relief from these aches, pains and stiffness in the older animal. The aim from treatment is to improve flexibility and muscle function ultimately increasing the quality of life in the older horse.

 

Chronic pain management

Pre-screening can be used to identify and treat back stiffness, hamstring tightness or scapular immobility. Physiotherapy can be used to help and identify causes of chronic pain but also used before competition to enhance mobility and flexibility and after competition to enhance tissue recovery. 

 

  • Spinal/joint pain

  • Muscular pain (tears/strains)

 

 Illness

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Degenerative joint disease (DJD)

  • Neurological conditions

 

Rehabilitation

Post-operative- Physiotherapy helps reduce the recovery times after operations and ensure the optimum effectiveness following treatment. It can encourage healthy repair and minimise scarring as well as prevent atrophy helping the return to normal function

Injuries Following initial veterinary diagnosis, physiotherapy helps to speed recovery by reducing pain and return to normal function. This can be achieved by re-education of the muscles and gentle exercise.

Underlying lameness- Early detection is key to identify movement abnormalities. Identifying the underlying causes is important to ensure the correct treatment. These can include underlying orthopaedic or musculoskeletal problem.

​Performance

Physiotherapy is well recognised in helping achieve and maintain optimal performance in the human athlete and can do the same for animals.

 

  • Maintaining performance

  • Return following injury

  • Poor performance – one sidedness, inconsistency

  • Saddle related problems

  • Favouring one canter lead

  • Lack of suppleness

  • Inability to maintain a good lead

  • Temperament changes – bucking… napping…

 

 

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