Veterinary Physiotherapy is becoming a widely popular treatment for equine rehabilitation. Physiotherapy can be beneficial alongside veterinary treatment to aid rehabilitation of horses with musculoskeletal or neurological conditions/injuries. It can also be used to improve performance in sport horses by improving muscle strength, stride length and endurance, and for general condition maintenance.

The following signs and conditions can greatly benefit from physiotherapy treatment:

  • Lameness

  • Reduction in performance

  • Reluctance to go forward

  • Back pain

  • Sudden onset of unwanted behaviour (aggression, bucking, rearing…)

  • Uneven wearing of the hooves

  • Cold backed

  • Fibrosis

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Neurological conditions

  • Kissing spines – conservative management or post-operative treatment

  • Upward fixation of the patella

  • Osteoarthritis

The list is endless, but all new clients should be checked by a vet before physiotherapy treatment can begin. Once your vet has filled in the referral form and given permission for treatment, your horse will receive an initial assessment session, which includes:

  • Static assessment

  • Dynamic assessment

  • Full palpation

  • Joint range of motion assessment

Eleanor will then provide veterinary physiotherapy  treatment to target your horse's condition and create a treatment plan tailored to meet your horse’s needs, which may include electrotherapy, massage, stretching, remedial exercises and management changes. The initial assessments using last for 60 to 90 minutes.

After the initial assessment, follow up sessions may be required, unless they have since been diagnosed with a new condition or acquired a new injury. The follow up sessions are exactly the same but the assessment is not as thorough, as we only need to see if anything has improved since last time or if any lameness has occurred. The sessions also allow for a longer treatment time for maximum benefits.

All new and existing clients will need to fill in a consent form before a course of physiotherapy can begin and gain veterinary approval. These forms will be emailed or sent out to you upon request. If you think your horse can benefit from physiotherapy then do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Initial Assessment

60 to 90 minutes
This will include a full assessment of your horse and its condition to allow Eleanor to produce an effective treatment plan


Follow up Session

30 to 60 minutes
A shorter version of the initial assessment to see how your horse is getting on and to provide treatment from the physiotherapist



Canvey Island, Essex, UK

Call/Text: 07832937718

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