What to expect
At the consultation, a full history is taken followed by a physical examination. This will involve observation of standing posture and symmetry, seeing the horse move in straight lines, on the lunge and sometimes ridden as well. Movement abnormalities are noted. Range of movement of neck, back, fore and hind limbs are assessed and a palpatory examination will reveal areas of tension, tenderness and lack of mobility. Following the assessment process where problems are identified, a treatment and rehabilitation plan is formulated.
Treatment may involve any number of physiotherapy techniques and modalities – such as soft tissue mobilisation, joint mobilisation, stretching, reflex inhibition, pulsed electromagnetic therapy, laser, therapeutic ultrasound, and acupressure. The physiotherapist will then make recommendations on after care and follow up and provide the owner or trainer with a specific home exercise programme.
The owner's role
The owner plays an integral part of the rehabilitation. If you don't do your exercises you won't be as successful. If your saddle does not fit you will only have a temporary improvement. It is important therefore to see the tack, so please have this available for the consultation.
The horse will need to be held by the owner or a competent handler at all times. The horse also needs to be dry and clean in order to assess their muscles in the best possible way.
Providing the right facilities will enable a better service. The physiotherapist will need to see the horse trotted on a hard surface and a shelter or stable is needed for assessment and treatment in case of adverse weather conditions.
All appointments cancelled, giving less than 48 hours notice may incur a charge.
It is the role of your Insurance Company to reimburse you for fees that you have already paid and not to reimburse us direct.
Regardless of any insurance cover, you as owner remain responsible for prompt and full settlement of our fees at the time of treatment.