Rider and Equine
Soft Tissue Therapy
While Ruth was studying at Hartpury College, she was a key member of the Equine Therapy Centre independently carrying out therapies and making decisions about the best rehabilitation programme possible for each horse.
This experience along with the evidence collected in Ruth's research, confirmed the idea that the horse and rider should be treated as a unit, they are a team. If one is suffering from muscular imbalances and joint dysfunction, then there is a direct correlation to the to the other.
Therefore, Ruth recommends that horse and rider should be treated at a similar time to enable full restoration of movement and suppleness to both bodies.
The main aim of Equine Soft Tissue Therapy is to restore muscle balance and functionality, while addressing any issues with associated fascia, tendons and ligaments, simultaneously improving the movement of joints.
Ruth uses a combination of soft tissue therapy techniques, fascial manipulation and suggests tailored exercise management programmes in order to achieve long lasting results and successful rehabilitation
Ruth’s treatments can be implemented to horses on box rest, horses in training, and pre and post competition. Equine soft tissue therapy encourages muscles to recover, build tone, maintain strength and suppleness, aid recovery and prevent atrophy even during a period of box rest or restricted work. Furthermore, passive stretches help to keep or restore joints and muscles to full working capacity.
Ruth works on a vast array of equine athletes, from international competition horses representing their country to the rehabilitation of the leisure horse- as far as Ruth is concerned the maintenance of the equine athlete is important in whatever role it does.
Benefits can include:
Increase and improve circulation
Enhance muscle tone
Relax muscle spasm
Prevent and relieve adhesions
Improve the well being of the animal through the release of tension aiding mental relaxation.
Support the healing after injury
Increase the range of movement and maintaining joint mobility
Complementation of corrective / remedial work by vet, farrier, trainer or rider.