What to expect from a treatment for your horse

Please note that it is a legal requirement that veterinary permission is obtained prior to any other practitioner treating your animal.

Physical therapy works alongside conventional veterinary care, regular visits from a dental technician, correct shoeing and saddle fitting.

Jess will take a detailed case history where the horse's medical history; past and current work; current issues; tack, teeth and shoeing details; and many other details are written down. She will then carry out a static and dynamic assessment of the horse including gait analysis.

To ensure that an effective session can take place, it helps if your horse is clean and dry, and that there is a flat hard (non slippy) surface, undercover for the horse to stand on.

The treatment involves an assessment of the whole animal, focusing on the musculoskeletal system. Vertebral and pelvic misalignments are felt for, and areas of muscle tension and muscle wastage are investigated. Appropriate adjustments, massage, and passive and active stretches will be used.

The therapies that Jess uses are wholly complementary and work extremely well together. The proportion of each type of treatment used on your horse will depend totally on the nature of the problem and will be unique for each animal seen.

A session can last anything between 40 minutes to an hour depending on the nature of the problem and the appropriate course of action. The treatment is gentle and most horses react extremely positively and enjoy the session.

Following the session specific aftercare advice will be discussed with you, and an aftercare sheet provided for you. Any follow up treatment is also discussed.

Your horse will need time to allow its body to assimilate the changes that have taken place as a result of the treatment. Healing is a process that takes time, and changes in your horse’s body will begin to take place in the 24-48 hours following a session. These physiological changes can create a range of mild reactions. For more details on what these reactions can be, please look on the FAQ page. 

If you have any more questions about the treatment then please do not hesitate to contact me on 07789 964181 or via the contact page.

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Effective physical therapy to help promote optimum performance, health and soundness