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MISSION STATEMENT:  HnHPT will utilize scientifically proven physical therapy techniques to treat veterinary diagnosed orthopedic injuries, neurological diseases and other physical problems to enhance injury recovery and general conditioning improvement with a goal of "getting animals better, faster!” than they would without intervention and treatment. HnHPT will deliver services with the secondary goal of educating the human owners to a point they can understand and carry out preventive care, therapeutic strengthening and stretching in their pet’s daily routine.

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Equine Stifle Dysfunction

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The combined use of a variety of manual techniques, modalities and prescribed exercises, along with owner education, enhances the healing process to return the horse to functional work, faster than “stall rest” alone. 

HnHPT is dedicated to providing you and your horse the most up to date treatment, based on your horse's needs. Below is a list of services HnHPT can provide for you and your horse to enhance healing and promote a faster recovery from illness and injury.

Evaluation of the horse: The first visit of HnHPT to your barn will always start with an evaluation of your horse. This starts with Jennifer listening to you provide details of the horse’s past history of any injuries or mishaps, along with a current history of the most recent injury, veterinarian interactions, medications and progress. Then Jennifer will start with an overall inspection of how the horse is put together, looking at conformation, area of injury, scraps, bruising or swelling, along with palpating the horse for sensitive areas of warmth, tension or pain responses. Then the examination will progress on to inspection of the musculoskeletal system the head, neck, spine, pelvis and each leg, determining range of motion, flexibility, strength, and function. The last part of the assessment process involves watching the horse move through the gaits in straight lines, in circles and often under saddle if needed. This thorough method of evaluation provides useful information to determine what areas are involved and provides a baseline from which to judge progress. A treatment protocol is then developed from the deficits determined by the evaluation findings.

Treatment Protocol Development: After the evaluation is completed Jennifer will provide a treatment protocol specific to your horses problem. This may include a variety of modalities (listed below) manual treatments, and specific exercises. As much as possible Jennifer will instruct the owner with as many as possible things the owner can do themselves to assist in healing of the problem, such as use of cold or heat, and stretching exercises.

Rider Evaluation and Treatment: Often the rider can impose their musculoskeletal dysfunctions on their horse. To totally treat the horse, ERS evaluates the owner/rider for any asymmetries that may contribute to the horse’s problems of locomotion and mobility and then prescribe/provide treatment as necessary.

Specific Exercise Protocols: Exercise increases joint range of motion (ROM), strengthens muscle and tendons, stretches tight structures, develops top line musculature. Proprioceptive neuro-muscular exercises provide increase in coordination, joint response, speed and agility.
Wound Debridement: cleans out wound bed of dead tissue, foreign particles and bacteria, promotes new tissue growth.

Bandaging and Compression: 
the proper bandage keeps a wound void of dirt and disruption from healing and allows topical medications to stay in place. Compression prevents and or minimizes swelling in distal limb, can be used in conjunction with compressive cold applications to further minimize swelling of acute injuries, and prevent the “Proud Flesh” development common in the lower leg.

Massage: increases blood flow to surrounding muscles, decreases muscle spasm, promotes relaxation, and reduces soft tissue constrictions.

Soft tissue Mobilization: 
Similar to massage in that techniques utilize manual pressure to tissues, but more specific to structures other than muscle, such as fascial coverings, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules; used to bring increased blood flow to these healing structures, facilitate proper laying down of collagen (scar tissue) into an organized fashion increasing tissue strength and breaking up of adhesions.

Joint Mobilization: this is the practice of skilled manual (hands-on) passive mobilization of the joint surface articulations with in their physiological limits. This helps to regain movement between joint surfaces that may have been lost due to injury or immobilization and adhesion development during the recovery phase of healing. Passive imposed movement promotes the movement of synovial fluid lubrication through out the joint surfaces enhancing nutrition of articular cartilage surfaces. Joint mobilization also stimulates nerve fibers within the joint capsule to lower pain thresholds.

Manage "girthiness"​If you are having this issue with your horse, I would like the opportunity to work with you  $$ FREE OF CHARGE, for sharing some experimental  approaches to change these behaviors, that I am collecting information on. More here.


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