Poor posture, alignment and balance are common problems affecting riders in addition to muscle imbalance and inadequate core stability.
As a Chartered Physiotherapist, this enable Manessa to treat both horse and rider holistically, achieving greater outcomes and providing a more rounded approach to assessment and treatmen.
assessing both horse and rider indidivually and then as a unit, As an unbalanced rider can increase the work load of their horse and an unbalanced horse can effect the position and effort of the rider
As a rider herself with over 20 years experience working with competition and pleasure horses, Manessa understands the restrictions a musculoskeletal condition can have on the progression and ahievments of the rider, which non riding physiotherapists might not fully appreciate.
Riders’ sessions can be mounted or unmounted and will include a thorough assessment, treatment if necessary and a home/ridden exercise programme as required.
Common problems include:
Pain or stiffness during / after riding
Inability to sit to the trot
Excessive upper body movements during canter
Excessive lower limb movement
Unwanted limb or head movement
Tipping to one side
Minimal progression with ridden work
poor position during ridden or jump work
Your Horse is experiencing back or neck pain
Treatments available include:
Soft tissue work including massage and trigger point release
Core stability exercises
Strengthening and stretching programmes
Thermo or Cryotherapy
orthopedic or kinesiotaping