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EQUINE PHYSIOTHERAPY

NP Vet Physio believes that every horse has different workloads, environments and personalities and as such should be treated as an individual, whether they are competition horses, all-rounders, happy hackers, retired or recovering from injury / surgery.


Common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy treatment include but are not limited to:

- Back problems

- Behaviour changes

- Fractures 

- Kissing spines (over-riding dorsal spinous processes)

- Ligament sprains

- Locking stifles

- Low grade lameness

- Muscle asymmetries

- Muscle strains and tension

- Navicular disease

- Neurological (nerve) conditions

- Osteoarthritis 

- Pain

- Post surgery rehabilitation

- Proximal suspensory desmitis (PSD)

- Rider related issues

- Sacroiliac conditions

- Scar tissue

- Splints

- Stiffness

- Stifle injuries

- Tendon injuries

If your horse has another condition or you think that they would benefit from physiotherapy please get in touch to discuss this.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR APPOINTMENT

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ASSESSMENT

You will be asked lots of questions about your horse's day-to-day activities, routine and medical history. A full gait analysis will also be performed on your horse, alongside a palpation and range of motion assessment to determine how your horse moves and what they feel like. 

Findings from these assessments will be used alongside clinical reasoning to create and prioritise treatment plans.

Slow motion video recording is used to help establish any gait abnormalities and these files will be retained on record for future comparisons.

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TREATMENT

Your horse's treatment will depend on what is identified during assessment, by asking questions and how your horse responds throughout the session. Treatments may therefore vary across time as well as between animals but may include:


- Manual therapies such as massage, mobilisations, myofascial / trigger point release, rhythmic stabilisations and stretching

- Electrotherapies, including laser (phototherapy), therapeutic ultrasound, pulsed magnetic field therapy (PMFT) and heat (thermotherapy)

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REASSESSMENT

NP Vet Physio will reassess various measures, for example by asking to see your horse move again.


Reassessment helps inform how your horse has responded to treatment and therefore helps to determine appropriate plans of action and timelines for seeing your horse again.

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EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION AND ADVICE

Each animal will be given individual exercise plans tailored to their requirements, taking owner / carer circumstances into consideration. Owners can be provided with hard copies or electronic versions of their bespoke exercise prescription plans and exercises will be demonstrated to you to ensure you are happy and comfortable with them.

Exercise prescription will help prolong treatment benefits and optimise your animal's recovery during rehabilitation in addition to promoting suppleness, appropriate muscle tone, core strength, proprioception, joint health and improved performance.

Additionally, each animal's home environment will be assessed and advice given to optimise their daily routine where appropriate and feasible. Small management changes can make a huge difference to animals' progress and wellbeing and are often extremely simple to implement.