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What You Should Expect From Your Practitioner

 

Prior to the initial assessment permission from your vet must be obtained to treat your horse. It will be necessary for me to contact your vet to obtain their permission (this is in accordance with The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966). Your vet may or may not wish to see your horse before giving consent.  All information provided by the owner and vet is treated in strict confidentiality by myself.

 

 

Initial Assessment

All clients must first have an initial assessment, which can take up to 2 hours.  The initial assessment included both static and dynamic analysis, this will include;

 

  • Discussing your horse’s history
  • Muscle restrictions
  • Gait analysis
  • Conformation analysis
  • Saddle fit assessment
  • Foot observation
  • Recording of Shoulder/Pastern Angle, Shape of Body and Weight.
  • It may be necessary to see the horse being ridden or lunged.

 

Following these observations, a full body massage will be performed, which helps the horse become accustomed to massage techniques and also allows the therapist to find any problem areas.  Further treatments will be required dependent on the problem areas found. 

 

Follow-up Treatments

Follow-up treatments (Remedial & Maintenance Massage), lasting around 1 hour, will cover the whole body but the routine will be tailor made to the individual horse, with more time spent on problem areas.  As the horse becomes accustomed to the techniques used, as a therapist I can work deeper into the muscles.

 

The massage includes;

 

* Neuro Muscular Massage

* Myofascial Release

* Temporomandibular Joint Release

* Trigger Point Release

* Stretching

* Rehabilitation plan 

 

 After treatments, the owner will be provided with aftercare advice and may be given exercises and stretches to perform between treatments.  

 

 

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