Equine Physiotherapy

Horses of all ages and disciplines can benefit from physiotherapy.  Horses often alter their gait and posture to compensate for pain they feel and this often causes changes in behaviour or a decline in performance being noticed before any clinical signs of injury or illness are identified.

Common signs could include:

  • Change in behaviour
  • Poor performance or an unwillingness to work
  • Lameness
  • Change in gait
  • Lack of straightness
  • Poor transitions
  • Difficulty working in an outline
  • Problems of engaging hindlimbs
  • Muscle asymmetry
  • Pain
  • Stiffness

Physiotherapy can treat a range of different musculoskeletal and neurological issues and by using a holistic approach to look at the whole animal can also treat any compensatory issues that may arise due to the primary injury or condition.

Common conditions treated:

  • Muscular injuries
  • Lameness
  • Ligament and tendon strains & tears
  • Stifle injuries
  • Post surgical treatment
  • Wound healing
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neurological conditions
  • Kissing spines
  • Sacroiliac conditions
  • Bone spavin
  • Ringbone
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Pre/Post competition treatment

Maintenance sessions can reduce the risk of injury by maintaining and strengthening the musculoskeletal system and potentially identify any changes in muscle symmetry that may affect performance.

Horses are treated at their own yard and individual rehabilitation programs are designed for each horse.  Please contact me for further details on how physiotherapy may help your horse– mary@maryhollandvetphysio.co.uk

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