ACpat chartered physiotherapist specialising in humans & animals
I primarily treat horse riders, however, I treat many non-riders too from a variety of backgrounds from office workers to sailors, bikers, farriers, vets and athletes.
Riders have a huge influence on their horse. Feelings of stiffness, pain or asymmetry can lead to uneven weight distribution in the saddle, poor transitions, uneven contact and cause asymmetry in your horse too. At First Class 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 have a clinic which is based at the Wellington Riding Rebalance Therapy Centre, RG27 0LJ. I am there most days of the week and have evening appointments available too. I can also travel to you.
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 is based on assessment findings but may include any combination of the following: Manual therapy including joint mobilisations, massage, trigger point therapy, cupping therapy, ultrasound, novasonic, kinesiology taping and stretching. We often use gym balls, wobble boards and theraband too. First Class Physiotherapy own a Flexchair which is a seat connected to a computer programme controlled by you. It is a very valuable tool that helps you develop correct movement patterns and body awareness, as well as developing core muscles. For riders it is excellent to assess seat bone movement and symmetry.
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. If you require theraband then this will be supplied to you free of charge.