Physical therapy is effective for many types of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, with many other benefits such as:
It is not only competition horses that can benefit from physical therapy; youngstock, veterans, pets and happy hackers could all suffer from problems such as a slip or trip in the field, conformation problems, issues with tack or equipment and rider imbalances. Mares can also benefit from treatment after having a foal because of the affect this can have on the pelvis.
Minor issues are usually resolved after a couple of treatments but, depending on the nature of the problem, a course of treatments may be required over several months.
You don’t have to wait for a problem to occur; physical therapy can form part of your horse’s regular healthcare routine as a maintenance treatment, for example, as a pre and post season check. This enables minor developing issues to be treated before they become more of a problem when a succession of treatments to restore optimum performance and comfort may be required.
Physical treatments aren’t just for horses; they can be beneficial for dogs and other animals too, such as farm animals. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me for further information.
Equine Physical Therapist
MSc (Animal Manipulation)
BSc (Biological Sciences)
Pg Dip (ESM)