Since the introduction of modern riding helmets and clothing the number of injuries has been greatly reduced. However horse riding injuries still occur and can in many cases be very serious and need treatment. The more serious injuries are primarily treated at hospital and may involve an operation. After hospital treatment follow up physiotherapy may be needed.
Many injuries can also be treated with physiotherapy and MBST, this will speed up the healing process and help to get your strength and mobility back. This means that you can get back to horse riding sooner and with more confidence. A physiotherapist will also be able to recommend treatments for longer term or chronic conditions that may have been the result of an injury sustained long ago. Often people who love horse riding will put up with a degree of pain and reduced mobility in order to continue riding. This need not be the case, most conditions can be treated completely or at the very least improved.
You may not realise that your poor posture is damaging your body and cause imbalances whilst riding. You may have poor posture whilst riding but more commonly it will be due to other activities such as sitting at a desk, driving or even just sitting or standing. Incorrect posture can lead to changes in the body that will go to affect your performance whilst riding.
The muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue in the body is designed to adjust to the strains and stresses that we put on them. Sometimes the force put on a particular part of the body can cause strains or other damage to the soft tissue. This can lead to inflammation, pain and reduced mobility. You may not be able to ride or if you go back to riding too soon you can create more damage.
The aim of your physio is to correct this damage and with new treatment methods such as MBST can greatly reduce healing times and be used to treat chronic conditions that otherwise do not seem to get better.
Typical horse riding injuries often occur to the upper part of the body such as the neck, shoulders and arms, in particular the wrists. If a rider falls they often brace their impact with the ground by putting their arms out in front of them often injuring the wrist. Many riders may experience whiplash type injuries if their horse stops suddenly and they are thrown forward.
Horse riding injuries are typical of those that would benefit from a combination of physiotherapy and MBST. Ann Clare has been successfully treating many types of sports injuries at her private Peterborough physiotherapy practice. Ann has also had great success in treating post operative injuries with MBST that has allowed patients to get back to their sports sooner and with more confidence.