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7 07, 2020

Suspensory Ligament Injury

The suspensory ligament runs down the back of the cannon bone from the knee or the hock, and inserts into the proximal sesamoid bones. It sends extensor branches around the fetlock joint which join the common digital extensor tendon at the front of the joint. In the hind limb, it is integrally linked to [...]

8 03, 2020

Lumbosacral Disease in Dogs

Lumbosacral Disease in dogs is a degenerative condition generally found in large breeds of dogs, or those aged above eight years old. It is a slow,  progressive disease that generally causes lower back pain similar to back pain in humans. What does Lumbosacral mean? The lumbosacral area, is part of the spinal column, and [...]

6 03, 2020

Sacroiliac Disease in Horses

The Sacroiliac Joints (SI joints) are made up of the "winged" portion of the pelvis known as the ileum, and the caudal portion of the spinal column known as the sacrum. This forms two cartilaginous joints beneath the bony protrusions of the tuber sacrale (hunter's bump) area (see diagram below). The SI joints form [...]

6 08, 2019

Low Level Laser Therapy in Animals

LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY or  (photobiomodulation) is a safe, effective, evidence based modality that can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Low Level laser has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation in ARTHRITIC JOINTS, as well as enhancing healing in soft tissue injuries such as MUSCLE STRAIN, TENDON INJURY and [...]

4 10, 2018

Canine Arthritis

Phototherapy Laser can help with pain relief The debilitating condition of arthritis plagues many of our elderly dogs. Did you know that Veterinary Physiotherapy can help in the management of pain in your dog? There has been a lot of coverage in social media recently regarding the conservative management of osteoarthritis in humans. [...]

8 09, 2018

Back Pain in Dogs

  As our dogs age, they may be prone to a deterioration between joints in the limbs or spine, often be due to wear and tear, poor conformation or trauma. This leads to damage to the structures within the joint cavity, causing arthritic changes which may cause joint or back pain. Arthritic changes between the  vertebrae of [...]

23 05, 2018

Taping in Horses

What is taping? Equine Taping Have you ever noticed competitors in athletic events wearing brightly coloured tape, generally applied to the limbs? This is therapeutic tape specifically designed to optimise the function of various tissues. Equine Kinesiotape is specifically designed for animals with lightweight, non restrictive, hypoallergenic properties. The tape is stretchy which [...]

17 03, 2018

Myofascial Chains in Horses

Illustration of Myofascial Chains Myofascia is made up of dense, strong connective tissue that surrounds individual muscles, and covers all of the muscles of the body. It forms large sheets within the body which provide important connections within the musculoskeletal system. Myofascial lines are chains of interconnected anatomical structures that functionally direct the [...]

4 03, 2018

The Anatomy of Movement

  Lying beneath the skin in the horse's body, there are large sheets of myofascial and muscular connections. These connections run from the hyoid apparatus in the skull right through the trunk, and link to the pelvis and hind limb which propel the horse forwards. Any restrictions in the  functioning of all any of these structures [...]

2 12, 2017

Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP)

  I recently decided to join RAMP, the Register for Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners, and I am delighted to say that I was accepted onto the register. RAMP represents the GOLD STANDARD in the industry, and will provide clarity and reassurance to owners and veterinarians when choosing a therapist. Press release from RAMP A new safe [...]