ACpat chartered physiotherapist specialising in humans & animals

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Human physiotherapy

What we can offer

Riders have a huge influence on their horse. Feelings of stifness, pain or asymmetry can lead to uneven weight distribution in the saddle, poor transitions, uneven contact and cause asymmetry in your horse too. First Class Physiotherapy specialises in rider biomechanics and physiotherapy. We can  assess you to identify where the problem areas are, use manual therapies to reduce pain, increase range of motion, improve body awareness and exercises to improve strength and tissue length. Whether you're looking to improve your dressage scores, seat position, balance over fences, lateral work, cross-country seat or simply just want help with aches & pains or an injury we are here to help and all sessions are tailored to meet your individual goals. 

I currently work as a human physiotherapist with 'The Balanced Rider'. The clinic runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and is based at Wellington Riding Rebalance Therapy Centre, RG27 0LJ. I can also travel to you. 

When do I need physio?

  • Feeling of collapsing to one side when riding
  • Feeling tight or stiff
  • Losing stirrups
  • Pain
  • Feeling 'wonky'
  • One worse rein
  • Want to improve scores

Assessment

I'm able to offer rider biomechanics assessments and/or pain/injury assessment. The first session will involve a discussion to gather relevant information followed by static and dynamic movement assessment, range of motion, palpation, muscle strength and any special tests. Rider specific assessment will include seatbone symmetry assessment and Andy Thomas Ttest rider types 


Treatment

Treatment is based on assessment findings but may include any combination of the following: Manual therapy including joint mobilisations, massage, trigger point therapy, cupping therapy, kinesiology taping and stretching. We often use gym balls, wobble boards and theraband too.


Exercise Plan

Exercises are specific to each individual person and are included to help maximise treatment effect and help maintain improvement between sessions. These may include strengthening exercises, range of motion exercises, balance and stability exercises, stretches and mobilisation exercises. 

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