THERAPY

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Physical Therapy is beneficial to both leisure and competition animals, whether it is to promote healing for an injury, to help prevent injury during the competition season or just for maintenance to keep them supple and relaxed.

It is important that you regularly check your animal to ensure he is happy and healthy and in tip-top condition but also help you recognise any changes early on so you can seek treatment sooner rather than later. A physical well-being check can make a huge difference to mobility and capability quite often helping to resolve common lameness and performance issues.

Our therapy services are available for all animals, even humans!

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ANIMAL McTIMONEY
MANIPULATION

McTimoney manipulation is a non-invasive technique that targets the nervous system. It unlocks the bodies innate intelligence and allows it to begin healing itself. Due to the nature of the treatments and its holistic effects, we aim to treat the origin of a problem rather than the symptoms. Adjustments are quick and gentle to gain the desired effect without the use of force.

 

McTimoney treatment can help relieve an animal's pain and restore movement after they've injured themselves. In the vast majority of cases, McTimoney practitioners see animals that have suffered injury due to a trauma such as an accident, fall, bump or collision. However, problems can also be caused due to issues such as excess weight and, conformation defects in dogs, or incorrect foot balance saddle fitting issues, or rider imbalance in the case of horses.

Massage techniques aim to rebalance the muscular frame, focussing on the large muscle groups as the key areas which affect performance. Treatment involves both soft and deep massage as well as trigger point therapy to stimulate the body to achieve symmetry, comfort and return to normal flexibility. 

Physical benefits:

  • Stimulation of the nervous system.

  • Increase blood flow.

  • Accelerates lymphatic drainage.

  • Increases flexibility and elasticity.

  • Improves muscle quality and suppleness.

  • Reduces pain and relief of compensatory muscles.

  • Reduces stiffness.

  • Increases range and freedom of movement

  • Improves stamina and gait quality.

  • Prevents injury, aids rehabilitation and delays the onset of fatigue.

HUMAN AND ANIMAL

SOFT & DEEP MASSAGE

Massage techniques aim to rebalance the muscular frame, focussing on the large muscle groups as the key areas which affect performance. Treatment involves both soft and deep massage as well as trigger point therapy to stimulate the body to achieve symmetry, comfort and return to normal flexibility. 

Physical benefits:

  • Stimulation of the nervous system.

  • Increase blood flow.

  • Accelerates lymphatic drainage.

  • Increases flexibility and elasticity.

  • Improves muscle quality and suppleness.

  • Reduces pain and relief of compensatory muscles.

  • Reduces stiffness.

  • Increases range and freedom of movement

  • Improves stamina and gait quality.

  • Prevents injury, aids rehabilitation and delays the onset of fatigue.

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PHOTIZO LIGHT THERAPY

We use our Photizo to treat a variety of problems in domestic animals. It provides a short, pre-programmed amount of red light at the click of a button. Treatment using the Photizo, much like our other services, is non-invasive yet very effective allowing your animals to recover faster without side effects and complications. Photizo can also be used as a long-term drug-free option for pain relief for degenerative conditions such as arthritis. 

How does it work?

Light therapy works by energising compromised cells and increasing blood flow, using highly beneficial wavelengths of LED light. When light therapy is applied quickly after acute injury, the process of cell death is revised which will lead to quicker healing and recovery.

 

What are the benefits?

  • Increased energy in cells and faster regeneration

  • Prevents cell death within 4-6 hours of injury

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Increases lymphatic activity and circulation

  • Increases immune activity

  • Stimulates calmness and provides pain relief

  • Regulates collagen production

  • Reducing swelling and inflammation

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KINESIOLOGY TAPING

Kinesiology tape allows muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments to work more freely and completely during activity, thereby being an excellent addition to any training or rehabilitation plan. 

The tape we use is Hestaband, which was created specifically for animals designed by a therapist. It is an all-weather, decompression application that is simple and easy to use and provides exceptional benefits when incorporated into your daily riding, training or therapy regime. 

Tape can be applied to (Not limited to):

  • Assist muscles

  • Relax muscles

  • Lymphatic drainage

  • Increase circulation

  • Neurological support

  • Proprioception aid

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you travel?

Yes. A travel fee is charged at 45p per mile for anywhere over a 20 mile radius of RG10. However, this is waived for group bookings and area-specific days. For more information or a specific quote on travel please get in touch.

Why do I need veterinary consent to treat my animal?

It is required by law for any person who is NOT a veterinary surgeon to acquire consent prior to treatment under the veterinary surgeons act 1966. It has recently been stated that an animal who is requiring treatment for maintenance purposes only and does not have an active issue problem, can be treated without permission. However, to enable us to maintain a good working relationship with veterinary professionals as a policy we continue to seek prior approval for any new clients.

How will my animal react to treatment?

The majority of animals enjoy being treated and will relax. Some may initially be a little nervous and may need more time to process during treatment. For this reason, we allow 1 hour for an initial consultation and can include a longer time for follow-up treatments also. If you have a dog that has behavioural issues or is reactive during treatment we can also utilise one of our trainers to support during treatment if required.

Can I exercise my animal after treatment?

It is recommended that all animals have at least 24 hours rest post-treatment. However, for those who have a particularly intense treatment or acute injury, a longer period of rest may be recommended.

If there is a question you have that isn't shown above, feel free to get in touch here.