The horse is an elite athlete, and as such is prone to musculoskeletal injuries in much the same way human athletes are. The principles of equine physiotherapy are no different to those in the human world - addressing movement dysfunction, muscle imbalances, gait abnormalities, restricted range of motion and adaptive changes in soft tissues and joints.
In Australia an equine physiotherapist must first be a qualified human physiotherapist, who has then undertaken further post-graduate study in the treatment of animals. In NSW it is a requirement that all animal physiotherapists work under vet referral. Physiotherapists work closely not only with your vet, but also your farrier, dentist and other healthcare professionals, ensuring a full team approach in addressing your horse's injury or dysfunction.
Equine Physiotherapy may be beneficial in the treatment of:
- Back and neck pain
- Muscle, tendon and ligament injury
- Degenerative joint disease
- Poor performance
- Some neurological conditions
- Rehabilitation following injury or surgery
At SEP, we understand that the horse and rider are a team, and therefore we rarely look at one half of the partnership in isolation. It may be that the rider is contributing to the horse's issues (or vice versa), and we offer treatment solutions that focus on treating both horse and rider as appropriate.
Equine physiotherapy services are available in Sydney and surrounds.
Read more about equine physiotherapy on our blog.