Manual Therapy: including soft tissue mobilisation, joint mobilisation, myofascial release and trigger point release. Remedial and athletic stretches.
Hannah also uses the Fascial Edge tool, which allows a deeper and in some cases more effective treatment of certain areas of the body. Some horses will accept the feel of the tool better than hands-on treatment in sensitive areas, allowing a whole horse approach to treatment.
Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy: This is a non-invasive treatment that most animals seem to enjoy and really relax during. It can be used for fracture repair, reduction in pain and swelling and for reaching deep areas such as the sacroiliac region.
Phototherapy: Red light therapy therapy works by energising compromised cells when there is an injury, disease or the body is slower to heal as a result of age or a condition. The cell is the building block of the body and if cell is able to function optimally, the body will heal itself. Light therapy works by energising compromised cells and increasing blood flow and other cellular functions using highly beneficial wavelengths of LED light.
Remedial Exercise: Once the animal’s pain levels are effectively managed, and the joint range of movement and tissue health restored it is vital to reducate posture and movement through a remedial exercise programme. Little and often is the key for most successful rehabiliation. The most fundamental building blocks for correct posture and pain-free carriage are developing core strength, reinforcing the correct reciprocal four-point pattern of gait and recruitment of the correct dorsal-ventral muscular chains.
Each case is different and care is never prescriptive. Hannah will formulate a remedial exercise plan tailored for your animals needs for you to follow at home.
Techniques used include:
- Long reining and lunging in specialist schooling equipment for the horse
- In-hand straightness training
- Gymnasium exercises
- Wobble cushions and physio balls to develop core strength in the dog
- Proprioceptive exercises