Case study – Equidinamia
Summarized by Laura Wildschut, Equine Physical Therapist and Trainer.
Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration treatment: Two months
Challenge: Recovery of a show jumper from chronic back pain developed over five months.
Solution: Combining various techniques:
Multiple VetkinTape applications,
Functional electrical stimulation,
Daily proprioceptive training.
Impact: Due to the two months treatment, the horse showed no further signs of pain or sore area’s.
The equine veterinarian Marta García Piqueres and the equine physical therapist Mar de Echevarría Ruiz-Oriol from Equidinamia (Spain) successfully implemented VetkinTape in the treatment of a 7-year-old show jumper. More Information about the work of Marta García Piqueres and Mar de Echevarría Ruiz-Oriol at www.equidinamia.es.
Symptoms and limitations
The horse had developed chronic back pain over a period of 5 months before treatment. She showed the following symptoms:
- misbehavior while riding,
- a poor performance,
- a remarkable muscle atrophy over the right pelvis (gluteal muscles, hamstrings),
- the Selle Français mare also showed a mild lameness in trot on the right hind leg (1/5 AAEP lameness scale reference).
She was diagnosed with sacroiliac right pathology (chronic OA), by using scintigraphy and ultrasound techniques, and after that she was infiltrated twice without showing improvement.
Piqueres and Ruiz-Oriol decided to set up a 2-month treatment plan, combining:
- multiple VetkinTape applications,
- manual therapy (chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release, mobilization, stretching),
- functional electrical stimulation (FES, Equinew™),
- daily proprioceptive training program.
The training included lunging over poles, using elastic bands or proprioceptive bracelets and up-hill/down-hill walking unridden exercises.
Kinesiology taping benefits
The team from Equidinamia placed VetkinTape equine kinesiology tape over the sacroiliac area and the painful spinous processes with the intention of decreasing the pain. The fascia technique was used over the thoracolumbar fascia to normalize the status of the fascia and allow the structures to move freely again. To detone the paravertebral tight muscles a muscle technique was used, and a toning muscular technique for the atrophied muscles to improve their function.
The combination of the techniques resulted in significant improvement of the horses performance. The right pelvic muscles developed very well and the mare showed no signs of pain or sore areas anymore. The mobility all over the back and sacroiliac area improved. Her rider continued to work her under a dynamic controlled exercise plan for several month and was able to ride her without behavioral problems.
VetkinTape veterinary kinesiology tape
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