"STRETCH4STRIDE - A BETTER MOVING HORSE IS A BETTER PERFORMING HORSE"
NEWMARKET EQUINE PHYSIOTHERAPY
Newmarket Equine Physiotherapy based in Newmarket, the centre of racing, provides a professional mobile Equine Physiotherapy service, which was launched in 2014, although Grainne Ni Chaba-Byrne MIRVAP MKTAI CertClinEd(AccMdx) CESMT CKTP-E AT HNDEqS RAMP has been practicing for over 18 years specializing in the thoroughbred racehorse industry. Grainne is a full member of the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists and is fully insured. Grainne as a clinical educator, has lectured part time on the AdvCertVetPhys course (level 7) accredited and based at Nottingham University The Open College of Equine Studies, British Racing School and gives Aberystwyth University Equine Science and Equine and veterinary bio science Newmarket tours . She is also currently studying Equine Acupressure and hopes to complete her studies in 2018.
Equine physiotherapy is used in the treatment and management of equine lameness, poor performance and maintaining the equine athlete at its peak, improving core muscular strength. Equine physiotherapy is now considered an essential part of maintaining and rehabilitating the equine athlete. Equine physiotherapy tools of the trade are their hands - massage, bodywork and stretching - and various machines which stimulate healing such as - Electrotherapy, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Laser Therapy, Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy, Kinesio Taping , Equissage and soon to be added Acupressure Treatments. A therapists goal is to reduce pain, aid healing, restore movement and enhance strength and flexibility to an area. To produce a better moving horse produces a better performing horse.
The equine physiotherapist must have an in depth knowledge of the physiology and biomechanics involved in locomotion. Prevention is better than cure; but in the event of injury, knowing the correct therapies available is a fundamental principle in rehabilitating the injured equine athlete. Equine musculoskeletal injuries are common in the performance horse regardless of discipline. The vet involved should play a key role in referring the case to an equine physiotherapist. When a multidisciplinary approach is adopted for an injured equine athlete, the horse, trainer and owner all benefit.
The main goals of the equine physiotherapist are pain reduction, aid healing, restoration of range of motion, restoration of strength and prevention of injury.