Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy for Healing and Health

May 01, 2003

Call it what you will--equine physical therapy, equine therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation therapy, equine sports therapy, or even alternative therapy. The treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of movement dysfunctions, orthopedic ailment... Read More

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Ohio University Equestrian Team Devastated by Fire

September 11, 2002

The Ohio University Equestrian Team (OUET), 2002 Miller's Cup Team Champions (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national winners), lost a barn, an arena, a tack room, a trailer, all of their tack and one horse to a fire that ripped through... Read More

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Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicine

October 15, 2001

Guidelines For Alternative And Complementary Veterinary Medicine

(Approved by AVMA House of Delegates, 1996)

Preamble

Veterinary medicine, like all professions, is... Read More

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Physical Therapy for Horses

October 10, 2001

The role of the equine sports therapist can be compared to that of the athletic trainer or sports therapist in human sports medicine. The job of these specialists is considered adjunctive to that of the sports medicine physician or orthopedist. ... Read More

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Chiropractic: Modality of Movement

October 10, 2001

Chiropractors have been treating human patients on a professional basis in this country since before the turn of the century, but it has only been in recent years that this alternative form of therapy has been applied to a substantial number of horse... Read More

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The Right Touch: Massage

October 09, 2001

Editor's Note: This series on therapeutic options is meant to offer basic information on the history of the therapy, what the therapy is, and how it is being used in the equine industry. Information presented in this series is... Read More

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Cross-Training For Horses

August 01, 2001

To add variety to conditioning programs, human athletes often undertake exercise sessions that are not specific to their athletic disciplines. For example, long-distance runners might cycle on a stationary bike once or twice a week, swim, or... Read More

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The Equine Spine--Back To Work

March 01, 2001

First, how can we visualize and understand what's going on under that hair, skin, and muscle? Denoix has diagnostic steps to examine a horse with performance problems that he believes might stem from the spine.... Read More

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Behind the Scenes

January 01, 2001

This month's cover story takes a look at the sport of rodeo. Whether you are a fan or not, rodeo is one of the fastest-growing equine sports in the world. It is run by very forward-thinking people in regard to animal welfare. Rodeo is a unique... Read More

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The Breaking Point--Catastrophic Injuries

October 01, 2000

Catastrophic injuries, involving the fracture of a bone, take a heavy toll on racehorses in training and in competition. Research through the years has given the veterinary surgeon additional tools and knowledge to deal with these... Read More

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Equine Physical Therapy

July 01, 2000

How does Physical Therapy relate to horses and to veterinary medicine? According to Haussler, the veterinary community can learn a lot from physical therapists about taking a proactive approach to equine rehab.... Read More

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Alternative Therapies: Quality or Quackery?

June 01, 2000

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the ongoing debate about the merits of chiropractic, acupuncture, and other "alternative" treatments, these and other modalities are exploding in popularity. First embraced by human medicine, methods ranging from... Read More

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Midway College Offers Equine Therapy Degree

January 07, 2000

Midway College, located in Midway, Kentucky, in the heart of Bluegrass horse country, recently added the only bachelor's degree program in equine therapy in the United States to its curriculum. This degree program offers students the chance to... Read More

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Reconditioning After Lay-Up

September 01, 1999

A small-animal orthopedic veterinarian once told me, "The athlete that heals slowly heals best." In other words, although some physical therapy might be recommended as the body heals, the body’s soft and hard tissues need to recover wholly from... Read More

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Kosovo Atrocities Affect Horses

May 14, 1999

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is preparing for action to aid livestock and pets in war-torn Kosovo when the bombs stop falling. WSPA's Trevor Wheeler, along with colleagues, recently was sent to... Read More

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There Was a Crooked Foal

May 01, 1999

A newborn foal, teetering on spidery legs, has a knock-kneed, awkward charm that can melt hearts. ... Read More

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Exercise Equipment

March 01, 1999

Like busy professionals everywhere, horse people often find there just aren't enough hours in the day. What with stalls to be mucked, arenas to be harrowed, fields to be bush-hogged or mowed, fencing to be repaired, hay to be baled, tack repairs... Read More

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Massage While You Groom

September 01, 1998

How much time per day do you spend grooming your horse? It probably varies between a minimum of five minutes to sometimes as long as 30 minutes, depending on what needs to be done. Over the months and years, this time adds up to a... Read More

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Stretching for the Horse

August 01, 1998

Certainly, muscles that have become contracted due to injury could benefit from gentle stretching exercises, but what about the apparently healthy horse? We often see horses stretching themselves in their stalls. A good roll in the dust can give the ... Read More

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Alternatives: Therapeutic Options

August 01, 1998

Holistic Veterinary Medicine is a comprehensive approach to health care employing alternative and conventional diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. In practice, holistic veterinary medicine incorporates, but is not limited to... Read More

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Using Heat Therapy

June 01, 1998

Pain is due to muscle spasm, reduced circulation, and nerve pressure caused by connective tissue changes. Heat can address all of these causes and stimulate the repair process.... Read More

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Hands-On Therapies for the Horse

May 01, 1998

"Hands on" therapies for horses have grown rapidly in the past five years.... Read More

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Equine Back Problems

May 01, 1998

Equine back problems are common, particularly in performance horses. The conditions involved can be primary or can result from lameness, ill-fitting tack, or even inadequate schooling. It is noteworthy that the most common reaso... Read More

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Photo Therapy: AKA Therapeutic Laser

March 01, 1998

Over the past decade, physical therapy tools have gained a place of respect in the management of equine injuries. As we move toward the 21st Century, a medical philosophy is blossoming based on advice from Hippocrates, a physician who lived in... Read More

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How to Utilize Your Equine Physical Therapist

January 01, 1998

Prior to the 1980s, physical therapy was thought to be effective only in human medical care. The parallels between human athletes and equine athletes had not yet been drawn to the extent that they are today. As trainers came to recognize that... Read More