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Frequently Asked Questions


What should I expect from my first session?

First, I will take a full case history of your animal. Then I will assess the animal standing still. This will allow me to observe the animals posture, conformation, body balance, limb loading and muscle symmetry. Next, I will assess the animal walking and trotting in a straight line and turning on a circle (please be prepared to walk and trot your animal up or have someone to do this for you), I may also watch the horse be ridden/lunged if needed. Watching the animal move will allow me to assess their gait and look for any movement asymmetries.

I will then perform a full clinical assessment on the animal including a palpation, range of motion assessment and a spinal assessment. This will allow me to see which areas I need to focus on and devise a treatment plan for the rest of the session. At the end of the session I will discuss a treatment plan. The number of follow up treatments and frequency will all depend on the individual animal and their needs. Please note each session will last around 1-1:30 hours.

How should I prepare my animal for their session?

Please ensure your animal is clean and dry for their session and that you have a suitable area for me to treat them, preferable somewhere they will feel comfortable e.g. their stable.

How long before I can get back to normal with my animal following physiotherapy?

I will usually recommend a day’s rest period following a routine physiotherapy session. This period may be extended dependant on my findings during the session. If you have any questions regarding how best to fit in your animals session around competition schedules, please contact me to discuss this.

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