What is Prehabilitation?

Definition A systematic approach to identifying common injuries specific to the animal being treated, and then designing an appropriate series of exercises that work towards minimising their potential for occurrence. Essentially, it is like being one step ahead to prevent injury; prevention is better than cure! Aims of Prehabilitation Improve joint range of motion IncreasedContinue reading “What is Prehabilitation?”

Conducting a Spinal Assessment as a Veterinary Physiotherapist

A spinal assessment involves applying pressure at varying levels and angles to the spinal column in order to determine joint health and mobility. It plays a crucial role in the static assessment of any animal as it aids in the identification of underlying pathology. Prior to a spinal assessment, active ROM of the animal shouldContinue reading “Conducting a Spinal Assessment as a Veterinary Physiotherapist”

Trigger Point Release Therapy (TPRT)

Trigger Points Trigger point: an area of lactic acid build up and motor nerve irritation located in the belly of the muscle. The presence of a trigger point will restrict muscle action. It is also known as an “energy crisis” within the muscle. The term trigger point originates from the fact that when pressure isContinue reading “Trigger Point Release Therapy (TPRT)”

Equine Cranial Nerves

The peripheral nervous system consists of the nerves that arise from the central nervous system. The cranial nerves are part of the peripheral nervous system. Cranial nerves originate from the brain (in comparison to the spine, like the spinal nerves) inside the cranium. They leave the cranial cavity via various foramina. There are 12 pairsContinue reading “Equine Cranial Nerves”

A Review: The V.I.P

In a sport where one pole down, one percentage mark, or one time fault can slip you down the rankings… every rider is looking for something to give their horse that competitive edge. With the therapeutic and holistic care of our horses becoming increasingly accepted and widespread, the question of “can I be doing somethingContinue reading “A Review: The V.I.P”

The Equine Hyoid Apparatus

Anatomy The hyoid apparatus consists of a selection of small bones that articulate together. Its name means “shaped like the letter upsilon (Y)”, and it is situated at the base of the skull; between the cheeks of the horse. The hyoid apparatus connects to the skull via the temporohyoid joint. At this joint, the hyoidContinue reading “The Equine Hyoid Apparatus”

The Equine Tarsus (Hock)

Anatomy Five joints ● Six bones ● Three rows TARSAL BONE FUNCTION: undergo axial compression and tension alongside torsional loading during locomotion. DISTAL TARSAL BONES: function to absorb shock and neutralise twisting forces. Central tarsal bone absorbs most of the stresses. Articulation The movement of the tarsus is linked to the movement of the stifle;Continue reading “The Equine Tarsus (Hock)”

Poignant Horse Articles from 2018

2018 has been a year of questioning. This year we have questioned whether to bit or not to bit, how tight is too tight a noseband, how many horse related accidents on the roads are needed before drivers slow down, do horses show pain through facial emotions…? I think this is an exceptional breakthrough… asContinue reading “Poignant Horse Articles from 2018”