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:
Reduction in performance
Reluctance to go forward
Sudden onset of unwanted behaviour (aggression, bucking, rearing…)
Uneven wearing of the hooves
Soft tissue injuries
Kissing spines – conservative management or post-operative treatment
Upward fixation of the patella
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:
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.
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