What are the benefits of Equine Physiotherapy?

Horses are considered the most common species of animal to receive physiotherapy. The purpose is to restore mobility and performance and maintain it. Equine physiotherapy has many applications for horses. Like people horses can compensate for pain by moving in a different pattern, meaning conditions can go unnoticed for extended periods of time. By assessing the horse as a whole and concentrating on all affected areas we can build a detailed picture and use Physiotherapy to treat the dysfunction.

Physiotherapy uses a range of treatment tools in conjunction with exercise therapy. We believe that this is the best way to gain the most from your animal. Physiotherapy post injury and on going throughout an animals life can have several benefits.

Physiotherapy Benefits

  • Improved Performance
  • Optimised Healing Times
  • Improved Strength, Movement and Flexibility
  • Pain Relief
  • Improved Quality of Life
  • Joint and Soft Tissue Care

Equine Conditions

We treat a wide range of equine conditions including:

Subtle Lameness
Movement Pattern Dysfunction
Post Surgery
Issues Tacking Up and/or Mounting
Behaviour Changes
Saddle Slip
Performance Issues
Joint Restriction
Soft Tissue Injuries
Muscle Imbalances/Weakness
Pathology
Nerve Injuries

Equine Treatments

We use a variety of treatments including:

Joint Mobilisations
Joint Manipulations
Soft Tissue Mobilisations
Myofascial Release
Acupressure
Stretches
TENS
NMES (Muscle Stimulation)
H-Wave
Taping
Tailoring Exercise Therapy
Gait and Muscle Pattern Re-Education

Understanding the Injury and Assessment

Make Contact

Once you have made contact with us we will ask for a few details to get started. We can then work out your availability and book an initial appointment. We will contact your veterinarian to gain permission to see your animal. This is a legal requirement as part of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and applies to all therapists of any background who wish to treat your horse.

Initial Appointment

On the appointment day the initial assessment takes approximately an hour depending on each individual. We will assess your horse statically and dynamically, moving in walk, trot in straight line and circles. We may need to assess your horse on the lunge and/or ridden depending on the individual. Once this is completed we will then palpate and assess your horses soft tissues and joints.

Understanding the Injury

Following the assessment we will have a better understanding of the injury or problems and be able to discuss with you the way forward. We will always discuss the findings with you to ensure you have a full understanding of your horses problems and help to answer any questions you may have. During the initially assessment there is usually time to start the treatment and rehabilitation programme and your physiotherapist may give you some exercises to start.

Working Together for Best Results

Depending on each individual sometimes to ensure the best outcome for your horse other members of your team might need to be involved. This may be your vet, saddler, dental technician and/or farrier. We believe working as a team helps to ensure your horse receives the best care and treatments.

Follow Up Sessions

Follow-up sessions are usually approximately an hour depending on each individual and involve a quick assessment of your horse statically and dynamically to review the progress. The remainder of the session will then be treatment. The amount of follow-up sessions will depend on your horses injury or problems and how they respond to treatment. This will be discussed with you throughout the treatments.

Multiple Horses

Polgreen Physiotherapy offer discounted rates on multiple horses within the same yard. Please get in touch to discuss for further information.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel an appointment please let us know as soon as possible. If there’s less than 24 hours notice a 50% charge will be applicable. Please contact your physiotherapist directly as soon as possible.

Interested in our physiotherapy services and want to know how we can help you? Get in touch!