Equine Physiotherapy in a Nutshell: What, Why and How?
What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?
Veterinary Physiotherapy is a science-based profession which focuses on injury prevention, injury rehabilitation/management and improving your animals’ physical and psychological wellbeing.
Veterinary Physiotherapists work closely with veterinary surgeons.
Signs your horse may benefit from physiotherapy*:
· Poor behaviour
· Difficulty getting up
· Dragging hooves
· Loss of muscle
· Unhappy when being tacked up
· Not wanting to be caught
· Gait abnormalities
· Poor performance
refusing to jump
reluctant to accept contact/hollowing
difficulty performing a specific movement
incorrect canter leads
*All horses will benefit from physiotherapy; regular maintenance sessions can help with the early detection of potential issues, reduce the risk of injury and help to maintain and improve your horse’s performance.
What does veterinary physiotherapy involve?
I use a combination of:
· Manual techniques (massage and stretching)
· Electrotherapies (h-wave, light therapy and pulsed magnetic field therapy)
· A home treatment programme (husbandry advice, exercise plan).