Veterinary physiotherapy is a crucial tool in aiding performance, helping recovery from injuries and preventing future injuries. Horses of all ages, sizes and breeds will benefit from veterinary physiotherapy treatment, whether they are a happy hacker or elite athlete.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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A veterinary referral is needed before the veterinary physiotherapist treats the animal in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Please ensure you have completed a veterinary referral form beforehand.


Initial assessments usually take 1 hour 30 minutes and then follow up sessions 1 hour.

Assessment techniques:

  • Static assessment
  • Dynamic assessment
  • Range of motion of the joints
  • Palpation 

Through this assessment the veterinary physiotherapist uses their extensive knowledge and training to implement treatment techniques and a tailored rehabilitative exercise plan.

DOES MY HORSE NEED VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY?

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Veterinary physiotherapy treatment is needed even if its just to maintain good health. 


However these signs suggest an immediate need for veterinary physiotherapy:

  • Poor performance
  • Lameness
  • Cold backed
  • Muscle loss or uneven development of muscle
  • Head tilting
  • Saddle slipping
  • Uneven wear on shoes
  • Napping, bucking or rearing
  • Resistance to aids or the bit
  • Change in their behaviour
  • Spookiness

WHAT CAN VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY ACHIEVE?

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Veterinary physiotherapy helps to treat a range of musculoskeletal problems but can also help prevent future injuries, through strengthening structures. The main focus is to alleviate pain and help the animal feel pain free, strong and comfortable.


Veterinary physiotherapy can help:

  • Wound healing
  • Soft tissue healing and strengthening
  • Tendon/ligament damage
  • Reduce pain
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological conditions/problems
  • Locking stifle

Your animal's welfare is our priority, our main aim is for your animal to lead a happy and healthy life for as long as possible. 

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