Indications of Physiotherapy
Horses, dogs and humans of all disciplines and abilities can benefit from physiotherapy, it is not just for elite competition horses, dogs or sports people.
Physiotherapy can have a positive effect on any horse or dog including those for used as a companion, hacking right through to eventing, show jumping and dressage horses or competition, obedience and working dogs.
Horses and dogs are similar to humans in that they compensate for pain by adapting their posture and gait which means physiological issues can go unnoticed. As an owner, trainer, rider or breeder it is important to recognize any behavioral changes which may be the horse or dogs way of communicating to you that they are in discomfort.
All horses and dogs benefit from being pain free and having supple, symmetrical muscles and gait, therefore improving their quality of life. It is good practice to book in for a routine physiotherapy even if your horse or dog has no specific injury or issues presenting. Routine checks enable early detection and allows your animal to perform happily and to its optimum ability.
Common signs of discomfort in horses can include
- Schooling issues such as: disunited canter, unable to achieve the correct canter lead, rushing, poor transitions, struggling to work in an outline or lack of bend.
- Decline in performance and refusing jumps
- Behavioural issues such as rearing, bucking and napping.
- Change in temperament
- Lack of gait symmetry and / or straightness.
- Loss of muscle / uneven muscular development.
- Head shaking
- Uneven shoe wear
- Saddle slipping
Common signs of discomfort in dogs can include
- Behavioural issues such as biting, growling, snarling and shaking
- Changes in temperament
- Loss of muscle / uneven muscle development
- Sensitivity to touch in certain areas
- Reluctance to jump up or down
- Difficultly walking on certain floors
- Slow to get up or down from the floor
As chartered human physiotherapists, I offer a service that aims to improve the quality and function of movement and mobility. Tailored treatment and rehabilitation programs will optimise recovery from injury while also offering advice for long term maintenance.
Assessment: Initial consultation 1 hour, follow up 45 minutes
- Post-operative treatment following a Total Hip or Knee replacement
- Pelvic Pain
- Neck or back pain
- Shoulder pain and dysfunctions
- Planter fasciitis/ foot pain
- Muscle tears
- Hip pain
- Ankle sprain