Physical Therapy for Horses, A Visual Course in Massage, Stretching, Rehabilitation, Anatomy, and Biomechanics


by Helle Katrine Kleven, Published, 2019, FileType: PDF

Physical Therapy For Horses, A Visual Course In Massage, Stretching, Rehabilitation, Anatomy, And Biomechanics

An incredible illustrated reference to help keep the horse sound in body and mind and at the top of his game.

In this highly illustrated book, equine physical therapy expert Helle Katrine Kleven begins with a comprehensible introduction to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, as well as an instructive conversation covering biomechanics basics, then explores the major areas of physical therapy in detail.

So much has happened in the field of physical therapy since the publication of my first book, which was published in German in 2000. It has been wonderful to experience how this form of therapy has become an important part of health management for horses. This motivated me anew to write this, my second book, which was originally published in German in 2009, and which I have now expanded even further, including newly acquired knowledge in the field of physical therapy.

After explaining the theory, I want to educate your eye and “feel,” so that you can see and palpate when something isn’t right. You’ll find guidelines for massage and stretching. You can apply these techniques both preventively and as a supplement to therapy. In addition I’ve written about therapies that incorporate ice, water, heat, Matrix Rhythm therapy, TENS, and laser and magnetic therapy. I discuss kinesiology tape and the Equicore System, both of which are important techniques for rehabilitation. These therapies are especially suited for minimizing the extent of an injury as much as possible, for supporting the affected structures during rehabilitation, and for promoting quick and successful healing. Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse

Readers will find practical how-to guidance in the most popular therapeutic modalities, as well as cutting-edge alternatives that are currently gaining ground:

  • Fascia work
  • Stretching
  • Massage
  • Stability and strengthening exercises
  • Laser therapy
  • Kinesiotaping
  • And much more.

With this incredible course in preventive and rehabilitative techniques, horse owners and professionals will be thoroughly prepared to ensure their horses’ comfort and well-being. The book includes:

  • Over 300 color photos and illustrations.
  • Facts and tips in easy-to-read callouts throughout.
  • A section on preventive measures to stop problems before they start.
  • Handy anatomical guides to the equine skeleton, muscle layers, and fascia.

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