Equine Physiotherapy provided for horses in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire
Some common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy treatment include:
- Soft tissue issues such as muscle, tendon or ligament injuries
- Neurological conditions
- Pre or Post-Surgery
- Conservative management of conditions
- Ridden issues such as napping, bucking, stiffness on one rein, going disunited in canter or resistance to work on the bit
- To enhance performance
Treatment methods used include:
- Hot and Cold
- Electrotherapy (TENs, Laser, NMES and H-Wave)
- Remedial exercise prescription
- Including exercises to target weight bearing, proprioception, muscle strengthening, postural improvement, gait correction
The benefits of physiotherapy treatment include:
- Pain relief
- Improved flexibility, joint range of motion and movement
- Improved muscle tone and strength
- Improved posture and core strength
- Improved athletic performance
What to expect
Before assessment and treatment can commence veterinary consent must be obtained. This can be done by downloading the consent form for your vet to fill in and emailing it to me or presenting this at the first appointment.
On the day of the appointment please make sure your horse is clean and dry. A well lit, dry and level area will be needed to treat your horse.
The first appointment will begin with a full case history being taken. This will include details about any injuries (past or present), exercise regime and management details. Following this the horse will be observed in walk and trot on a flat surface. Occasionally it may be necessary to see the horse lunged or ridden. Your horse will then be observed statically to assess posture and muscle symmetry. A full musculoskeletal assessment will then be made; this includes palpation to assess muscle tone and pain response and joint range of motion to detect ability and quality of movement of specific joints.
A treatment programme will be tailored to issues found during the assessment. Treatment will usually be a combination of manual therapies (massage, stretching and joint mobilizations) and electrotherapy (TENs, NMES, LLLT and H-Wave).
Where appropriate a remedial exercise programme will be designed to assist in rehabilitation. All exercises left for the owner to carry out will be clearly explained and demonstrated.
The first appointment will take around 90 minutes and costs £45.
Follow up treatments are necessary in order to check progress, address any remaining muscular imbalances and to adjust exercises and machine settings if these have been left with the owner to carry out.
It usually takes more than one treatment to address the initial problem. Depending on the issue and its severity it may take up to 6 treatments to resolve the initial problem.
If the horse is considered to require veterinary attention / further diagnosis then the case will be referred back to your veterinary surgeon before further treatment is given.
Once a baseline has been reached it is a good idea to have your horse re-checked at least every 6 months. This ensures that any weaknesses or underlying issues can be picked up before they become a problem and begin to affect performance.
Subsequent treatment will follow the same format as the initial appointment, will last around 60 minutes and cost £40.
By booking an appointment you agree to the terms and conditions detailed here – KK Vet Physio T&C’s