Physiotherapy is useful in helping the following conditions in the horse:
Back, neck or pelvic pain
Muscle strains or tears
Tendon or ligament injuries
Compensatory problems due to underlying lameness
Degenerative joint conditions
Poor performance – inconsistency, poor propulsion, one sidedness
Maintenance of high performance in all equine disciplines
Return to performance following injury
Rehabilitation following surgery
Saddle related problems
From high level eventer to pony club games, horses can present with performance problems that physiotherapy can help such as:
lack of suppleness
inability to maintain a good outline
temperament changes such as bucking or napping
inconsistency in performance
favouring one canter lead
The Equine Athlete
Physiotherapy can help with all equine disciplines. Pre-screening appointments can assess and treat potential problems such as back stiffness, hamstring tightness or scapular immobility. Physiotherapy is useful before competition to enhance mobility and flexibility and after competition to enhance tissue recovery. Physiotherapy is well recognised in helping achieve and maintain optimal performance in the human athlete and can do the same for animals.
The Injured Horse
Following initial veterinary diagnosis, physiotherapy helps to reduce pain, improve movement and restore normal function following injury or lameness.
Physiotherapy can provide pain relief and muscle re-education following disuse or trauma.
Early detection of movement abnormalities, which may indicate an underlying orthopaedic or musculoskeletal problem, is important to prevent development or worsening of pain and reduction in performance.
The Older Horse
Physiotherapy can help relieve aches, pains and stiffness in the older animal. It can help with flexibility and improve muscle function and quality of life in the older horse.
Physiotherapy can encourage healthy repair of tissues and minimise scar tissue. It can prevent muscle atrophy and maximise return to normal function.
Horse assessment and treatment £60, session takes approximately 1 hour.
Travel charged at 50p per mile round trip outside Edinburgh bypass area.
Areas covered - central Scotland, Mid Lothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Borders, Stirlingshire, Fife.
The equine assessment involves discussion with the owner regarding the horse's history, routine and any specific issues. Then Maeve will assess the horse's posture, comformation and muscle tone before moving onto a movement assessment. Movement assessment will involve walk and trot in a straight line and tight circles at walk. On occasion it will be neccessary to see the horse lunged and/or ridden. Then Maeve will carry out a full palpatory assessment looking for changes in muscle tone, pain reactions, joint range of movement, etc. Problem areas are then identified, a treatment plan is made, treatment will be carried out, and appropriate exercises and advice will be given.
Maeve is registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC), is a Category A member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) and is a member of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practicioners (RAMP). These member bodies ensure regulated practice and up to date continued professional development. Maeve has full insurance coverage to assess and treat horses and riders and to take students for placement days.
This is a standard legal requirement for all veterinary physiotherapists and musculoskeletal practicioners and anyone treating your horse without veterinary consent is breaking the law. Maeve has a close working relationship with all equine vets and farriers in her area, and this collaborative multidisciplinary approach benefits the horse and the owner.