Lots of questions! We need to take a thorough history so that we can identify any aspects which may be relevant to your animal's current presentation, even if it's just a maintenance session
Static assessment - whether that be behaviour, conformation or which leg they prefer to rest
Gait assessment - a walk and trot up, small circles and occasionally a ridden/working assessment
Hands on assessment - covering both sides of the animal and noting muscle mass, tone, any asymmetry, plus any areas of pain or restricted movement
Following each assessment, whether I have seen your animal a hundred times or never before, every treatment is tailored specifically for each animal.
Treatments will likely include a combination of the following:
Manual techniques, such as massage, trigger point release and myofascial release
Use of electrotherapies such as the 3b Omega laser, ultrasound or heat pad
Targeted stretches to aid muscle elongation and relaxation
3. Exercise Prescription
Exercise prescription is a vital aspect of physiotherapy treatment.
We will only set achievable exercises that both animal and owner are capable of completing regularly
Exercises are tailored to each individual's needs and can be as simple as square sits or carrot stretches after your ride.
Following the prescribed exercise programme aids the efficacy of physiotherapy treatment and helps achieve your aims more quickly!
I ensure that exercises aren't too daunting and will demonstrate each one with you so you're happy with how to perform them.