Horses - Treatments

It can sometimes seem as though horses are forever doing themselves injury! Luckily, there’s a lot of potential treatments to help them on the road to recovery.

Manual therapies:

  • Massage – depending on the techniques used, massage has a range of beneficial effects including improving blood flow, decreasing pain, and releasing tightness in muscles. It also has the benefit of being relaxing!

  • Range of Motion (ROM) – this can be used for both assessment and therapeutic effect. Therapeutically, there are various different forms of ROM that can be used to restore or improve the functionality of a joint.

  • Stretches – various stretches can be performed, helping to reduce tightness in muscles and increase flexibility. Baited stretches are particularly popular for horses and improve mobility and flexibility of the vertebral column (spine).

Remedial exercises: tailored to the individual animal to help overcome an injury or improve performance. This can include weight bearing more on an affected leg, improving range of motion, building muscle mass, and many more applications.

Electrotherapy:

  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMFT) – this has a wide variety of applications, including: increasing or decreasing blood flow to an area, aiding bone healing, and providing pain relief. It is very useful for treating sore backs!

  • It can also be used in toning regimes for competition horse.

  • PEMFT is a non-invasive and safe electrotherapy.

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