Veterinary Physiotherapist AdvCertVPhys
Massage Therapist LCSP(Assoc)
Equine Sports Massage Therapist ITEC Dip ESMA
“Equine Veterinary Physiotherapy”
Since qualifying as an Equine Sports Massage
Therapist in 1998 Clair’s speciality is equine sports massage, especially
her renowned ability to identify any compensations and interpreting how this
can and is affecting your horse. This will still form a large part of your horse’s
physiotherapy sessions but in addition Clair can now offer (depending on your
horse’s clinical needs):
• Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy
• Photo Therapy (laser)
• TENS and Neuromuscular-electrostimulator
• Kinesio taping and other proprioceptive enhancements
• Assess available joint movements (range of motion, ROM) and interpret any limitations and how this can affect your horse
• Develop exercise programmes depending on the interpretation of the palpation of weak/overused muscles, limited joint range or neurologically weak that can address this imbalance and promote a healthy balanced horse
The additional skills that Clair has been trained in also enable her to offer physiotherapy in the more acute phase of some conditions such as wound healing, soft tissue strain and bone fractures.
Your horse can benefit from Veterinary Physiotherapy
as part of its routine care as well.
Benefits to your horse include:
• Techniques that enable your horse to move/compete to its full potential.
• Enhance muscle tone.
• Relax muscle spasm
• Prevent and relieve adhesion.
• Increase range of movement.
• Help prevent injury.
• Contented Horse.
If you have noticed any of the following problems when exercising and training your horse?
• Reluctance to work in an outline
• Lacking impulsion
• Stiffness through the back
• Resistance on one rein more than the other
• Saddle fitting issues
• Bucking, napping or rearing
• Refusing to jump
Veterinary Physiotherapy could potentially help with these training difficulties
Veterinary Physiotherapy can work in conjunction with veterinary
medicine in the treatment of these following conditions:
• Wound management
• Tendon and ligament injuries
• Muscle strains and tears
• Muscle wastage
• Spavins, Curbs and splints
• Back problems
• Sacro-iliac dysfunction
• Trauma from falls or accidents
• Neurological dysfunction
All treatments are performed with referral or permission of
the treating veterinary surgeon in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act
© Clair Andrews, Working in Harmony 2005-2014