Animal physiotherapy involves the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions.
GGVetPhysio use various treatments and rehabilitation techniques with the aim to restore an injured tissue back to full function and strength.
The initial history taken from the owner is vital to gain knowledge of where the problem may be, what structure may be at fault and whether the problem is worsening or improving.
If the horse has a known veterinary diagnosis the assessment is more tailored towards assessing the horse’s stage in recovery for that known problem and GGvetPhysio will liaise with the vet in order to provide the most suitable treatment plan.
Physiotherapy involves the use of treatments aimed at either:
The physiotherapy assessment determines whether some or all of the above need addressing in a treatment.
History – This may involve discussion with the owner, trainer and/or vet.
Observation – In standing assessing conformation/posture/muscle development and symmetry.
Gait – Observing your horse move in a straight line, lunging, possibly ridden, circling and reversing and performing other sensitising tests if indicated.
Palpation – Feeling for muscle pain, spasm, tenderness and assessing joint ranges of motion.
Following the assessment your equine physio will devise a treatment plan specially tailored to your horse’s problems. Treatments include some or all of the following:
Veterinary permission must be given before an animal can be treated with physiotherapy. Gill will do this for you but Data Protection requires your consent for this.
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