Equine Physiotherapy in Lancashire by GGVetPhysio

Gill Griffiths B.Sc.(Hons) MRAC NAVP 07949 838152

Physiotherapy and Laser Treatment for Horses

Gill Griffiths B.Sc.(Hons) MRAC NAVP 07949 838152

Equine Therapy in the North West

Gill Griffiths B.Sc.(Hons) MRAC NAVP 07949 838152.

Physiotherapy for Horses

Common conditions the equine physiotherapist treats include:
Neck pain e.g. associated with either an acute injury or fall, secondary to a known pathology i.e. degenerative facet joints or secondary to a forelimb lameness.
Back pain e.g. associated with an ill-fitting saddle, secondary to known pathology i.e kissing spines or secondary to a fore or hindlimb lameness.
Pelvic pain e.g associated with an injury or secondary to know pathology i.e. sacro-iliac disease.
Specific muscle, tendon or ligament injuries.
Regular therapy to maintain fitness.

Physiotherapy in horses can also be indicated for other common presenting complaints such as:

Bucking, rearing, napping behaviour. Stiffness on one rein. Head tilting. ‘Cold backed’ tendencies. Disuniting in canter. Working hollow. Saddle fit problems. Uneven shoe wear. Back pain secondary to a lameness issue. Muscle asymmetry or imbalance

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The Assessment

A thorough assessment is vital before the start of any 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, trotting, 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.

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The Treatment

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:
Manual therapy techniques i.e. joint manipulation, joint mobilisation, soft tissue stretching/massage.
Laser Therapy
Electrotherapy treatment i.e. H-wave, ultrasound, muscle stimulation.
Muscle strengthening exercises i.e. abdominal strengthening exercise techniques.

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Individual Care

I work closely with the individual patient, veterinary surgeon and you, the owner,
and provide a unique treatment plan for every patient. This treatment program will be revised and updated as the treatment progresses.

All treatments are carried out after veterinary consent to treat This procedure is part of the Veterinary Surgery (Exemption) Order 1962, which states "All physiotherapy treatment undertaken must be under veterinary referral" DO NOT let anyone treat your animals without veterinary consent. Download a Booking Form Here

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Case Study

16yo, Friesian, Stallion.

Diagnosis: Pedal bone oedema and suspensory ligament lesion RF

Treatment: K-laser and physio treatment weekly for 6 weeks and then monthly.
At initial consultation the stallion was toe touching and in significant pain (around 6 weeks post injury).
Within 2 weeks he was weight bearing and only 4/10 lame.
By week 6 he was sound.
At 3.5 months of treatment he is doing walk work under saddle.

Get in Touch

Questions Welcome or Book an Appointment

If you have any questions about your pets treatment or veterinary physiotherapy in general please give me a ring.

Telephone advice is free!

I will be delighted to help you.

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