Dogs need physio too…..

Dogs need physio too…..

 

seaniewebOur sponsored agility dog Seanie had a physio treatment today, he’s had a extremely busy couple of months with his agility training and is really finding his 5th gear in terms of his speed at the moment!

Seanie gets seen monthly to as part of a maintenance plan, today on assessment I picked up some low grade muscle spasm around his hind quarters and lower back!  Hardly surprising when you see this little collie fly round an agility course!

Luckily this was easily treated some trigger point therapy, soft tissue release and lumbar mobilisation, followed by hind limb passive stretches, he was a very relaxed boy and thoroughly enjoyed the physio session!

Do you have a dog that has a ‘job’, to see if physio would benefit why not give us a call!!

 

Why does my horse need Physio?

Why does my horse need Physio?

I was talking to a fellow horse owner last week who said “I don’t have physio, why would I pay for my horse to have physio?”
I said that if she had a pain she would be able to tell someone – get pain relief or make a physio appointment herself…….. her horse can’t!

Chartered Physiotherapists have at least 5 years training on humans and animals to perfect their skills to be able to pick up any subtle changes, we ask a lot from our horses whether we compete or just enjoy hacking around the Wirral!

Would you be able to tell the early warning signs that your horses is uncomfortable or in pain?
Regular physiotherapy checks can be vital in keeping your horse fit and pain free!

Still not sure whether physiotherapy can help? then send me a message or give me a ring 07740354930!

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How important is correct rider alignment and core stability?

How important is correct rider alignment and core stability?

Is anyone truly symmetrical?

And if the rider is not symmetrical can we really expect true straightness from our horse? Can these asymmetries be responsible for causing tension, pain and excessive loading on our horses?

As a rider we are expected to sit with good alignment in order to absorb the movement of the horses spine!

So what can contribute to poor riding posture and uneven loading on the saddle?

  1. Poor core stability
  2. Stiffness or restricted movement in ANY joint in the body
  3. A lack of body awareness (knowing where your body is in time and space!)
  4.  Poor posture
  5. Pain
  6. Previous injuries

And I could go on and on!

As riders we are great at looking after our horses, physio, farrier, dentist and vet all on speed dial, but when it comes to ourselves…… well?

Remember what sets ACPAT Physiotherapists apart is their ability to work with the horse and the rider!

If you are interested in my Equipilates sessions in the Wirral area get in touch…

Stage One: The fundamentals.

Learning the importance of ‘ABC’ alignment , breathing and core stability.

Stage Two: The progression.

Looking a step further activating core strength, using gym balls to perform and perfect the sitting trot and spikey balls to reduce tension.

Claire uses a combination of Pilates and her physiotherapy skills to improve rider position and stability in order to help you achieve a better partnership with your horse and improve your marks.

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