Welcome to Rhian Williams Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation
Equine sports therapy assesses the horse’s musculoskeletal system for areas of muscular imbalance, pain, tension and restricted range of motion. Sports therapy can be beneficial to all types of horses, from your family or companion horse to top-level competition horses. A long-term rehabilitation programme can be greatly beneficial to horses following a musculoskeletal injury, long-term box rest or after a surgical procedure. Sports therapy may also be necessary to manage an ongoing musculoskeletal condition, such as osteoarthritis or ‘kissing spines’. However, horses that are not suffering from a specific condition or injury are also susceptible to pain and tension. Factors such as conformation, breed, discipline, age and preference to use one side of the body, may place strain on specific areas of the body. Other factors such as saddle fit, farriery and rider asymmetry can also contribute to the presence and intensity of pain and tension.These issues can be displayed through subtle or obvious changes in posture, movement, performance or behaviour. Even if your horse does not display any signs of musculoskeletal dysfunction, a regular wellness-programme can still optimise comfort, health and performance, reduce the risk of injury and possibly allow earlier detection of problems.
Once an appointment has been booked, an initial history form will be e-mailed to you, for completion, prior to the first session. At the start of the first session, a comprehensive static and dynamic assessment will be performed to identify most appropriate treatment options.
For more information or to book an appointment please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07825 336370.
*Please note that sports therapy is not a substitute for correct veterinary care. Veterinary permission will be required before sessions can be commenced, in accordance with The Veterinary Surgeons Act1966. I will also not be able to work on the horse if there are any signs of lameness/ significant gait abnormality. Your veterinarian should be your first point of contact for any major concerns.
The Benefits of Sports Therapy
- Reduced pain and tension
- Improved behaviour/ disposition
- Reduced tactile defence
- Improved circulation
- Increase range of motion/ suppleness
- Improved gait quality and possibly performance
- Increased strength and stamina
- Improved elasticity of tendons
- Promotes removal of waste products and toxins
- Improved fibre alignment of connective tissue
- Improved proprioception/ co-ordination
- Reduced muscular fatigue
- Reduce muscle atrophy or hypertrophy
- Reduced risk of injury