Emma offers one to one sessions for the personalised treatment of your horse using advanced clinical musculoskeletal therapies and therapeutic exercises working in conjunction with your vet.
Specializing in the detection and treatment of muscular skeletal issues and injuries and the management of orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis. Emma has an in-depth knowledge of Equine anatomy and physiology and will analyse your Horses physical condition along with their gait and posture. Soft tissue injuries and issues such as trigger points, myofascial pain, strains, tissue adhesions and scar tissue will be identified and treated accordingly. All of these conditions are a common cause of pain in the horse which reduces their performance and general well-being, however, they are usually very easy to treat. Emma will also look at Saddle and Rug fit and work with other professionals who are involved with the care of your horse. Vet Saddlers Farriers and dentists.
Individual treatment plans will be created together with a therapeutic exercise plan if needed.
Treatments can consist of a variety of tailored techniques explained below, each Horse has an individual evaluation and goals agreed for treatment. Veterinary consent and full record keeping are part of the treatment plans.
This form of joint and soft tissue manipulation gently realigns the spine, corrects subluxations, relaxes the surrounding muscles and allows the gradual restoration of neurologic and biomechanical function. McTimoney will help keep the musculoskeletal system functioning normally and prevent compensatory injuries. The foundations of chiropractic philosophy are based on the intimate relationship of the spinal column to the nervous system, as well as the role of the spinal column in biomechanics and movement. McTimoney is a gentle but highly effective form of chiropractic treatment for humans, however the term ‘chiropractic’ is not used in the treatment of animals although the practice and principles are the same.
Passive range of motion (PROM) and stretching exercises are undertaken to assess joint mobility and help maintain or improve flexion and extension of joints. This type of exercise is done by the practitioner when the dog is relaxed. It can aid in rehabilitation when there is proprioceptive deficit and neuromuscular dysfunction, and improves elasticity and flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments. These exercises are very important when the dog is not using a body part or has limited movement of a body part.
Active stretching involves your pet stretching and flexing muscles himself by either following instructions from the handler or following a treat. This encourages specific muscle activation and can improve the ROM of the joints and the ability to lengthen and shorten specific targeted muscles.
Equine exercises for development, maintenance and clinical rehabilitation
When muscles are over used, tired, weak or injured, compensatory issues cause posture and gait abnormalities which quickly effect performance and put strain on other parts of the body which can spiral in to further injuries. Having fully assessed your horses musculoskeletal system and analysis their gait we identify areas which can be improved through physical therapy and therapeutic exercise. You will then be given a tailored exercise programme with targeted exercises specifically designed to help your horse. While active exercise is in many ways the foundation of physical rehabilitation, the exercises must never cause overuse or strain, we will work to devise an individualized plan for your horse together that is achievable for you and your horse with specific goals and frequent re-evaluation.
Mobilisation can be of great benefit to joints and allows for greater movement. The use of mobilisation is important to encourage and restore function after surgery for instance, or muscle injury. Mobilisation of the spinal column can provide relief from spasms and pain - See McTimoney.
Muscle injuries can be minor but if not treated may cause compensatory issues resulting in changes in behaviour and performance. Massage will promote healing and relieve pain, speed recovery and reduce the risk of further injury
The massage begins at the withers, and then continues up along the back muscles. First, the horse receives a relaxing stroking/pressure massage. Next there is a deep-pulsating massage again starting at the withers, that can help tone and warm-up by increasing the horse's circulation.
This is rounded off by a rest phase, after which the cycle begins again. The relaxation and stimulation of the back muscles increases the blood flow.
Thermotherapy is the application of heat or cold to specific parts of the body. Superficial heating of an area increases blood flow, reduces pain, increases extensibility of fibrous tissues, and aids in muscle relaxation. Cold (cryo) therapy decreases cellular metabolism, leads to constriction of blood vessels, reduces pain, and reduces muscle spasms. It is often used swiftly following injury.
Vascular Flushing is the use of both heat and cold alternately to aid healing and reduce pain in certain types of injury or disease. It can be very beneficial with certain arthritic cases
Red Light therapy harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light at specific wavelengths & frequencies proven to be effective in accelerating natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain. Cells that are injured can actually be rejuvenated by light. There is much scientific research on light and LASER therapy and we have had excellent result with older arthritic dogs and soft tissue injuries
The Magnessage is a portable hand-held device, in the shape of a torch which can either be used above the body in the case of extreme pain or wounds, or directly on the body for deeper soft tissue injuries. The Magnessage has a rotating magnet which emits a powerful magnetic field. The pulsed electro-magnetic field has a depth of penetration of 45cms/18 inches, which can promote healing and repair deep within the body tissue It is also very effective through thick fur.
Emma works “Best Practice” and will always work in conjunction with your vet and will always refer back to the vet should there be any concerns about your Horse. Emma will also refer clients to other practitioners such as Hydrotherapists should it be of benefit to your horses progression to fitness and health. Emma specializes in the therapies above but occasionally may feel that a different therapy may help and will refer to and enjoy working with other like-minded practitioners who may have a different technique to the ones used. A healthy comfortable happy horses is our aim, however we get there.
Emma has a keen interest in Saddle Fit and works closely with saddle fitters to ensure that you and your horse has the most comfortable saddle,
The unique vibrational ET moves are applied to the soft tissue including fascia, muscles and tendons deeply releasing and relaxing the tension in those structures– the first and most important step towards the healing and regeneration of the body. This deep relaxation of the soft tissue assists the body to re-align and rebalance itself. As well as affecting the blood and lymphatic circulation it also has a profound effect on the neurological system “Talking” to the nervous system which seems to innervate neural pathways.
Kinesio Taping is therapeutic, elastic taping, commonly seen on international sports stars but increasingly now used on racehorses and competition horses. Correctly applied, the tape helps to reduce pain and swelling and aids recovery of muscular issues.