For the first time ever in the UK, due to increasing demand by equine professionals and horse trainers, a Kinesio Taping course purely for horses, is being held at Hartbury College in Gloucester on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January. This is now completely booked out, but the level of interest means more courses will be planned.
Kinesio Taping - the brightly coloured therapeutic tape beloved by athletes, was brought to the world stage at the London 2012 Olympics, but for many years in the US, it's also been used very effectively to help reduce swelling, bruising and injuries on horses particularly race horses and eventers.
North East based Chartered Physiotherapist Lee Clark will be leading the new Kinesio Equine course. Lee works with both humans and horses and was chosen to be one of the elite, eight strong Olympic team of Equine Physiotherapists working at London 2012.
Lee 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.
The first day of Kinesio Equine training (KT1) is designed to introduce equine physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors to the concepts, theories and practice of effective Kinesio application. Following lab sessions and demonstrations, attendees will practise basic muscle and joint applications of Kinesio Tape on horses. Day two (KT2) will build on the previous day's course to introduce the five corrective techniques (functional, space, fascia, ligament/tendon and lymphatic) and discuss their application in a variety of different clinical conditions. Opportunities to practise taping methods on horses are also available. Only qualified equine physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths are eligible to attend.
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 helping reduce swelling or inflammation.
'I mainly usually use Kinesio in conjunction with other therapies such as manual therapy, electrotherapy and massage but there's no doubt at all that its application - as long as it's applied by a professional and qualified practitioner - speeds up recovery in horses. Because Kinesio is lightweight, non-restrictive and fully waterproof, it also means it is comfortable for horses and they aren't distressed whilst wearing it.'
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