Neigh Pain, just Gain
By Kate Slater | 06 February 2013

Chartered Physiotherapist Lee Clark BSc MCSP SRP ACPAT KTAI led the first ever UK equine Kinesio course at Hartpury College in Gloucester on 25 and 26 January.

Lee was one of the elite, eight-strong Olympic team of Equine Physiotherapists working at London 2012. He is also the official physiotherapist for the British Endurance Team (he treats both the horses and their riders) and is a strong advocate of the benefits of Kinesio Taping for horses. He specialises in back pain and tendon/ligament injuries and treats racehorses, eventers, show jumpers, dressage and family horses all over the country, as well as abroad.

This Kinesio Taping course ? open to qualified qualified equine physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths only - was so successful that several more UK equine courses are now being organised for 2013 including a course tailored for veterinary surgeons in May.

Eleven equine practitioners attended, some had never used Kinesio Taping on a horse before but had heard of the benefits and wished how to learn the techniques, while others had attempted it previously without success and wished to know how to apply correctly.

Lee says: 'Typical scenarios where Kinesio will help a horse recover include muscular, tendon or ligament injury, muscle spasms, or muscle weakness after an operation or if a horse has had prolonged stable rest. Kinesio is also excellent for helping reducing scar tissue and reduce swelling or inflammation. However, it's challenging learning Kinesio Taping techniques for horses as you have to be extremely precise with the tension of the tape and the positioning of the horse for the taping to be effective.

Maruska Aylward MSc BSc MCSP HPC reg. ACPAT attended the course along with her colleague Jenny Wilson. Maruska is an equine and canine physiotherapist from Bridgefield Physiotherapy in Farnham, Surrey. She says: 'We both found the course fantastic - and so applicable to Veterinary Physiotherapy rehabilitation. We had no idea that Kinesio Tape had so many uses, inhibiting and facilitating muscles, aiding tissue healing and facilitating proprioceptive feedback and more. I found achieving the desired tape tensions for the specific desired effects particularly challenging to achieve and Lee was a master at teaching this! We intend to apply this to our equine and canine caseloads to enhance our rehabilitation and treatments. Thank you Lee and Kinesio Tape for running this course'

Sybille Molle (DVM, Cert, CKTI) will be teaching a Kinesio Equine course for Vets in the UK on 17th and 18th May 2013. For more information, or to reserve a place, please go to our course calendar or call 0191 2877008.

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