A Unique Functional Musculoskeletal Approach to Injury and Poor Performance
ELIZABETH (Liz) of Osteopathy4horseandrider is a therapist with a unique approach to the prevention treatment and rehabilitation of injury. Her greatest interest however is in the improvement and development of performance and prehabilitation in horses, riders and individuals.
Involved in rehabilitation for over 30 years, 22 years attached to the Three Counties equine Hospital and 15 years simultaneously with the Hartpury Equine Therapy Centre. Here in addition to pioneering equine therapy and Rider performance she has been involved in research culminating in the production of peer reviewed research papers. Her academic involvement in the pursuit of excellence in therapy is ongoing.
Being linked to specific veterinary practices ensures the highest standards of treatment and importantly means rigorous compliance with the Veterinary Exemptions Act which requires an animal to be seen and diagnosed by a vet before any therapist can commence treatment.
This compliance is in the interests of the clients and specifically the patients. Appropriate therapy is necessary for effective treatment and recovery and can only be provided where a joint diagnosis of the condition and its ramifications has been arrived at with the Veterinary surgeon and therapist. Such cooperation provides not only best practice but also prevents money being wasted on unnecessary or inappropriate treatment.
Liz treats nationally and internationally with equines and riders at all levels of performance and across many disciplines but she still finds time to treat the vets, the farriers and other none equine orientated individuals who need her.
The first step following a request for treatment is to arrange a full examination. This can be done as a pre veterinary examination or in conjunction with your veterinary surgeon. Many cases are direct veterinary referrals but still will need a thorough case history to be taken with details of previous injury, performance and behavior to be discussed.
The horses are seen in hand on a firm surface in walk and trot, then walk trot and canter on the lunge and ridden where A, possible and B, if relevant to the horses age and condition. It can also be useful to see the horse under training or competition circumstances especially where performance enhancement is involved
Liz works locally, nationally and internationally at all levels and is currently the consultant osteopath for: