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  • How often should my horse receive a veterinary physiotherapy assessment & treatment?
    A rough guideline for maintenance treatments is every 2-3 months, however, this is subjective to each individual case. It can be beneficial to have regular check ups. This ensures close monitoring for any signs of pain, or change in their musculoskeletal system, essentially it is easier to prevent injury rather than treat! That being said this isn't always possible, noticing signs of pain, such as, changes in behaviour, swellings, stiffness and change in appetite, can allow early intervention. Horses who receive medical treatment can also benefit from rehabilitation to ensure the best possible outcome.
  • How should I prepare my horse for a veterinary physiotherapy session?
    A clean, dry horse is always a great way to get the best out of your session. Allowing for turnout or a handwalk prior to a treatment can help a get rid of any excess energy and gives your horse the best chance to relax. Have the equipment you use to lung or ride on hand just in case a lunge or ridden assessment is needed. It can be really useful to practice walking or trotting your horse up, turning them in small circles and backing them up, this makes an assessment much easier for all involved!
  • Will my horse need time off after a treatment?
    Depending on the treatment horses may benefit from 24-48hrs of lighter work following treatment, however, this will be discussed during your appointment.
  • What's the difference between a veterinary physiotherapist & a chiropractor?
    A veterinary physiotherapist assesses the whole horse, including their movement and musculoskeletal system. Treatment is evidence based and not only includes treatment on the day but home recommendations and exercises. Chiropractors mainly focus on the horses axial skeleton (spine) and use manipulation to treat the horse.
  • Will I receive a report after my horse's treatment?
    A written copy of your horses notes will be sent to you as soon as possible after treatment, including any suggested home exercises or remedial exercise plans. A formal report can also be sent to your vet.
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