A variety of techniques are used throughout each treatment including:
- Soft tissue techniques
- Joint mobilisations
- Myofascial release
Red light phototherapy
Red light results in superficial capillary vasodilation. This increases blood flow to the area, increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery and removing waste products. It also encourages the release of endorphins when used over acupuncture points, therefore can help relax the horse.
Blue light phototherapy
Blue light has an antibacterial effect. This makes it useful for open wounds, helping to reduce the risk of infection.
Pulsed electromagnetic fields that are produced by this machine interact with the natural electricity that runs throughout the body. PEMF has various settings that can be applied to achieve multiple outcomes.
- Aids healing of bone fractures (union and non-union)
- Aids healing of soft tissue (including muscle, tendon and ligament)
- Relaxes tight muscles
- Reduces oedemas and hematomas
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces pain levels from muscle spasms
Electrostimulation can be applied as a form of TENS or NMES:
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation targets the sensory nerves, providing a form of pain relief by activating the body’s natural pain relief mechanisms.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation targets the motor nerves in the targeted muscle resulting in muscular contractions. This can be useful in cases of muscle weakness or atrophy.
Ultrasonic waves interact with tissues in the body and can achieve a variety of benefits including:
- Increase bloody supply for healing and waste removal
- Reduces muscle spasms and tension
- Increases soft tissue extensibility
- Aids re-absorption of haemoatomas and oedemas
- Breaks down adhesions and softens fibrous scar tissue
I will recommend and advise on therapeutic exercises that target specific goals and aims set out for your horse to achieve. Common aims from these exercises include improvement of muscle strength, encouraging correct posture and movement, flexibility, suppleness, proprioception, balance and coordination.
If your horse is coming back into work after reasons such as injury or a surgical procedure, I will work with you to provide a detailed rehabilitation plan designed especially for your horses’ needs. Plans are assessed and adapted throughout the process to best suit the needs of your horse.