Techniques used in Veterinary Physiotherapy

Alongside massage, stretching and electroptherapies, there are other rehabilitation techniques that may enhance your horses ability to return to work or their previous level of performance. Your veterinary physiotherapist will discuss the most appropriate exercises and when to include them in your routine, but here are some of the benefits and rehab methods you may see. 



Massage increase blood flow to the area for better tissue repair,  it has a pain relieving effect. 

Different techniques achieve different actions, such as effleurage heats the tissue and increases blood flow. Compression has muscle pumping action helping flush waste out, whilst tapotement can excite ‘unstimulated muscles’. Cross fibre friction can reduce adhesions and scar tissue. 



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Isometric Exercises


Isometric exercises can be used in early rehabilitation as they engage the muscle without the stress of movement. The exercises can target specific areas depending on the signs, therefore the most appropriate exercise will be discussed with you. 



There are so many pole work options, you can complete a whole gymnasium if you wanted. Polework enhances neural pathways, improves range of motion and strengthens muscles. Polework is a great way to restore proprioception (awareness of self) especially for those horses who toe drag, or have a weaker side. Your physiotherapist will discuss the best exercises for your horse. 

Tactile Bracelets


These bracelets can be placed around the coronet band, they work by stimulating proprioceptors in the skin. As they are mobile the body doesn't adapt to them so whilst in used they are continually working. They may increase range of motion, and strengthen the limb musculature. Your physiotherapist will assess your horse whilst using the bracelet to ensure it is appropriate. 



Kinesiotape is multifunctional in that it can either 'facilitate' or 'inhibit' a muscle depending on the application. It can target a specific muscle or area. Potential uses are for muscle strengthening/relaxation, bruising and oedema. The tape will lift the skin away from underlying structures allowing an increased flow of fluid. Your physiotherapist will discuss the most appropriate application. 


There multiple electrotherapy's available, and don't worry it doesn't mean your horse will be getting electrocuted during treatments. Electrotherapy is a blanket term for devices which either use a currant or stimulate the bodies own electrical abilities for healing, known as "cellular potential." 

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All appointments are at pre-arranged times, subject to availability, and will involve the Veterinary Physiotherapist either coming to your home (canine) or yard (equine).