Manual Therapy
Sports Injury
Foot & Ankle
Equestrian PT
Pain Management
Head & TMJ Pain
Geriatric PT
Total Joint PT
Work Injury




Riding a Horse Can be Therapeutic:
The gentle, rhythmic movements of the horse simulate the walking movements in the human pelvis during ambulation. These movements cultivate a sense of balance and coordination in the rider that is unique to the equestrian sport. Physical therapists use the horse’s movement to improve posture, balance, strength, mobility and function.

Riding can be challenged by a number of pathophysiologic factors, some of which a skilled physical therapist can be of significant help. Active Physical Therapy has developed a wellness program for the equestrian athlete.

Following Injury or Illness:

1:

Have you been advised to resume riding but you’re not sure how to safely proceed?
2: Have you had difficulty in resuming riding?
3: Does pain limit your riding or the enjoyment of riding?
4: What frustrates you the most about riding-related injuries?
Conditioning the Equestrian Athlete:

1:

Does inflexibility or weakness limit your riding capability?
2: Would you like to minimize the risk of overuse strain?
3: Do you want to improve your riding performance?
4: What would you like to improve physically, that would make you really happy if you accomplished it in the next year?

"If a horse can be trained to provide a safe and enjoyable ride, a rider can be trained to have a safe and enjoyable ride."

Initial Consultation:
Thorough subjective analysis
History of onset
Previous incidence of the same problem
Other medical problems as relevant to therapy treatment
Current level of physical function
Limitations of physical mobility and flexibility
Limitations of strength
Limitations of endurance and stamina
Therapy treatment care plan
Objectives and short and long term goals

Treatment:
Manual therapeutic techniques as needed to augment optimal functional performance

Therapeutic Exercise Instruction That may Include:
Stretching exercises
Upper body strengthening
Abdominal strengthening
Back muscle strengthening
Leg strengthening
Aerobic/endurance training
Posture training

Body Mechanics Instruction Including:
Horse handling
Grooming
Ride preparation
Ergonomically sound riding
Tack considerations
Gait recommendations
Therapeutic riding
Stabilization training
Mobilization riding