Discounts available for multiple animals treated on same visit or paid block bookings.
A non-invasive treatment to alleviate pain, discomfort, and emotional stress. The purpose is to target muscular issues using techniques that put different pressure on certain areas of the body.
Maintenance treatments can help keep muscles relaxed, for the animal to live and perform optimally and reduce the chance of injury.
For rehabilitation may focus more closely on specific areas of tension or pain with the aim to relieve discomfort, relax and rebalance muscles to therefore improve recovery.
Heat therapy is known to accelerate recovery and healing whilst also reducing pain through producing a sedative effect in the sensory nerve endings.
Heat helps the muscles relax and release, which can be beneficial for tense, stiff muscles or knots - as well as reducing muscles spasms, which can be causing pain.
Blood pressure often can be lowered using heat therapy.
Provides a non-intrusive approach to soft-tissue manipulation; gently moving tissue at a surface level to release restricted fascia.
Direct MR focuses on applying specific techniques of pressure and movement to the areas of restriction. Deeper fascia surrounding the skeletal structure are released to restore structural balance, reduce pain and increase range of motion.
Fascia issues are not detectable on MRI, CT or X-rays so only hands on can detect localised tension and compensatory restrictions.
Kinesio Taping is a therapeutic procedure using specialist tape to help animals with pain management and rehabilitation. The key benefits are;
Taping usually lasts around 3-5 days, but can be hugely beneficial in just 24 hours.
The light produced by a laser has the ability to be absorbed by tissues, creating both photothermal and photochemical reactions that create a therapeutic benefit.
The laser can be focused to a part of the body and can enhance muscle regeneration, wound healing, joint healing and control of acute and chronic pain.
Lasers are used for surgery, rehabilitative therapy, management of chronic conditions and pain control. It is a natural and painless therapy providing a vast range of health benefits.
If your horse has any of the contraindications listed below then the visit may be cancelled unless written consent from vet is obtained.
New RCVS Guidelines
The following guidance has been issued by the RCVS in relation to veterinary consent for competition and maintenance care:
The RCVS recognises that there has been some doubt as to whether therapists require a veterinary referral for maintenance work, such as massage, in a healthy animal.
The new guidance sets out the existing rules for musculoskeletal treatment of illness, disease or pathology, and clarifies that healthy animals do not require a veterinary referral for maintenance care. The guidance stresses that all therapists are part of the vet-led team, and that any animal, including healthy ones, should be registered with a veterinary surgeon and referred to a vet at the first sign of any symptoms that may suggest underlying health issues. The guidance also notes that vets should be confident that the musculoskeletal therapist is appropriately qualified; indicators of this can include membership of a voluntary regulatory body with a register of practitioners, and associated standards of education and conduct, supported by a complaints and disciplinary process. This includes such bodies as IAAMB and IAAT.
19.24 Musculoskeletal maintenance care for a healthy animal, for instance massage, does not require delegation by a veterinary surgeon. However, the animal must still be registered with a veterinary surgeon. Maintenance should cease and the owner of the animal should be asked to take their animal to a veterinary surgeon for clinical examination at the first sign that there may be any underlying injury, disease or pathology. Alternatively, the musculoskeletal therapist may ask the client for formal consent to disclose any concerns to the veterinary surgeon that has their animal under their care.
Do not massage when the horse’s temperature is over 102° (F) or 39° (C). It is helpful if the client knows their horses normal temperature which is usually 100°F, 38°C. A mild fever is present at 102°F, 39°C. A moderate fever is present at 104.5°F, 40°C. A high fever is present at 106°F, 41°C. During a serious illness, an increase in temperature occurs; feverish conditions require total rest. Massage will make the situation worse because it increases blood circulation which is already rampant. Check with your Vet.
Contraindications are as follows:
Massage is absolutely contraindicated in the following conditions, it would contribute to spreading:-