|Professional / Company name||Ruth Harris MSc PG Dip Veterinary Physiotherapy|
As a highly trained physiotherapist and a human, equine and canine sports massage therapist skilled in a range of techniques, all treatments include a thorough static, dymanic and postural assessment.
An animal lover since before I could walk, I have worked on yards and with animal charities in the USA, across Europe and in Africa. I am fully insured to provide and trained to the highest levels available in the field of Veterinary Physiotherapy. I travel throughout Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucester and Wiltshire regularly, and to yards further afield, to support clients and their horses from a range of equestrian disciplines.
I also treat dogs, including much loved pets and equally loved working dogs, as well as other species. I live near the White Horse in the lovely Ridgeway village of Uffington, I compete my horse and enjoy exploring the area with my dog.
Manual Therapy. I own a range of professional electrotherapies, but the real skill of a trained Veterinary Physiotherapist is in our ability to use manual therapies. Only by using touch (palpation) can a therapist really understand the state of the tissue, the response and feedback from the animals body.
Massage - soft tissue manipulation
Myofascial release (and Bowen therapy)
Kinesiology taping (known popularly as K-taping)
Assisted canine hydrotherapy
Exercise Programmes. As a physiotherapist I am trained to prescribe specific exercise programmes.
Electrotherapy. I use electrotherapies including Pulsed Magnetic, TENS, NMES (muscle stim), laser, infra-red, H-wave, micro current - arcequine, as well as ultrasound where necessary to compliment my manual therapy. These can provide a depth of healing by working with the musculoskeletal system to promote a more efficient healing process.
Bowen Therapy. I work with riders to improve their posture and energy levels, helping them to recover from injury. I use the very popular Bowen Therapy and trained with the College of Bowen therapy in 2013/4.
MSc / PgD Vet Phys / ESMT / M-RAMP / IRVAP / NAVP
As sensitive animals, all horses can gain huge benefits from physiotherapy:
Improved movement patterns:
Aiding correct training
Reducing risk of injury
Improving and maintaining performance
Improved holistic well-being
Promoting recovery and rehabilitation
Alleviate existing, acute, chronic or age related problems
Just like us, pain and dysfunction can cause a number of behavioural and performance changes and problems, some of which include:
Problems mounting or 'cold backed'
Bucking, rearing, bolting
Inconsistent contact and problems with canter leads
Poor lateral work
Lack of impulsion
Stopping, running out, having poles down
Physiotherapy is NOT only for elite horses and racehorses. If you hack, school, WH, hunt, show, show-jump, event, play polo, take part in dressage, harness work, work in hand, PC or RC or any other activity your horse is performing for you and needs to be pain free to achieve it.
|Years of experience||8|
|Locations||Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire|
|Prices||Competitively priced. Please call to discuss your requirements.|