HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION TAKE?
Initial consultations can take between 1 – 1½ hours due to the in-depth initial assessment. Follow up sessions can take anywhere between 25 minutes and one hour.
IS SPORTS MASSAGE A COMPLETE TREATMENT FOR MY HORSES MUSCULOSKELETAL CONDITION?
Massage is not an alternative to veterinary medicine, but scientific and anecdotal evidence has recurrently evidenced that it can help relieve symptoms of pain and discomfort, enhance performance and range of movement, and produce relaxation.
IS MASSAGE ESSENTIAL FOR MY COMPETITION HORSE?
A major benefit of sports massage is that it can help to enhance performance. Treatments delivered by Horsepower aim to encourage the best joint range of motion alongside muscular health and balance for the individual, to perform at their best and recover efficiently.
Initial sessions should not be booked in within two weeks of a competition, until we know how your horse responds to bodywork.
DOES NADIA HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes- I am a member of the International Equine Body Workers Association which requires annual CPD (continuing professional development) upon qualification and an up to date insurance policy.
MY HORSE IS LAME- CAN I CALL HORSEPOWER OUT?
No, under the Veterinary Act 1966 only veterinarians are allowed to diagnose any disease or illness.
DO YOU USE THERAPUETIC GADGETS OR TRAINING AIDS?
Yes, I use PEMF, Heat, the Arc Equine and Heart Rate Monitors to name a few. However, I do carry extensive research in the use and application of any gadget before I use it. I recommend a cautious approach to any product offering a 'quick result alternative' to hard work/time.
If you have had good experiences with particular gadgets or training aids, I would love to hear about your experience via email.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?
There are various plans available which can be tailored to your individual requirements. Horsepower encourages you to get in touch for a tailored quote.
Talk to Nadia on 0775 6126 216
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AFTER THE INITIAL VISIT, DO I NEED TO BE PRESENT ON EVERY VISIT?
Once I have become familiar with you and your horse I tend to work alone. Sometimes I prefer not to talk during my sessions to enable me to concentrate on your horses feedback/behavior.
I am always more than happy to answer any questions and go through findings at the end verbally and written in the session report.
DO YOU ADJUST BACK ALIGNMENT, I HEARD CLICK/POP NOISE DURING MY SESSION?
It is perfectly normal to hear clicks during the soft tissue mobilisation techniques that I use. In simply a noise commonly associated with the release muscular tension.
I do not perform chiropractic adjustments, however, I target the soft tissue structures that have a knock on effect to the boney structures. This work complements the work of my osteopathic and chiropractor colleagues.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OBSERVE THE HORSES GAIT?
When a horse is experiencing discomfort or pain as a result of an underlying condition or an injury, it will naturally try to alleviate the discomfort by altering its gait (the way it moves). This means the body is not moving in its correct way and is redistributing the workload on the supporting/surrounding strucutres. Even subtle compensations will place the tissue under strain, leading to the development of fasiculations (knots) and tension. By observing 'normal' gait, we understand 'not'normal' gait in much more depth, and therefore have better chance of detecting and treating subtle nuisances before they develop into a problem.
DO I HAVE TO DO THE STRETCHES AND EXERCISES BETWEEN VISITS?
Being proactive in your horses wellbeing regime will help you to get more value from the sessions. If you do not have the time to carry out the stretches/exercises then alternative techniques can be discussed to achieve similar results.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER MY REHABILITATION PLAN WITH HORSEPOWER POST SURGERY?
MOST policies will cover complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. Please do check with your insurance provider as it may differ between policies.
CAN SPECIFIC DISCIPLINES PREDISPOSE HORSES TO MUSCULOSKELTAL INJURIES?
Yes - discipline specific problems can occur. Horse and rider combinations often train for many hours a week practicing repetitive movements, that ultimately puts the body under strain. Different disciplines will have different high risk movements predisposing them to common injuries of the sport. Or some horses may be subjected to repetitive training regimes placing repetitive strains on the body, which left unrested and untreated will develop into more sinister nuisances.
Unsure what this means? Ask for more information on your specific discipline?
PAYMENT AND REFUNDS POLICY
Payments are encouraged to be paid ahead of the appointment. This is primarily required to ensure that the allocated appointment time is focused on you and your horse and that the practitioner does not embark on any uncompensated travel in the event of a missed appointment.
If you are no longer able to make the appointment or the horse is lame, then please contact us as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements and/or avoid late cancellation and unnecessary travel fees.
If refunds or partial refunds are necessary then these will be processed within a 48-hour period, although it may take up to 7-10 days to appear in your bank.