You want your horse to be loose and supply, balanced and straight!
But are you???
As a rider Alison has developed a unique sports therapy programme for riders involving
sports massage and stretching of riding specific muscle groups, assessment of any
injuries, weaknesses, aches and pains, posture assessment, treatment plan, balance
assessment and core stability advice to help riders care for their own body, treating
injury where necessary but ideally preventing injury from developing and ultimately
improving riding performance.
- Does you back ache after riding?
- Aware you tend to collapse one one side of your hip?
- Feel you sit heavily on one seat bone or look more to one side?
- Lots of heavy stable work wearing you out?
You are aware of your horses problems in performance - but do you know if you are
A horse responds greatly to riders body weight and positioning, and if you are suffering
from aches and pains from excess riding and stable work it can effect your riding
Riding is after all a sport, but lets face it we don’t as riders tend to look after
our own bodies half as well as we look after our horses well being! We certainly
don’t get off and stretch out like, say, a runner might after training. We’re far
too busy sorting the horses out afterwards - and often in cols and damp conditions.
Lots of riding is great, but repetitively using the same muscles and not always allowing
them enough time to recover can lead to muscle fatigue and spasm, stiffness and compensatory
movements start to develop. Sometimes you may not even be aware these imbalances
are developing - Chronic twisting of the pelvis and stiffening of the back by over
tight muscles around the back and hips means you may not be sat evenly as your horse
would like you to!
Sports massage and sports therapy can help solve these problems. Using advanced remedial
massage, stretch and exercise techniques to eliminate fatigue in heavily worked muscles,
getting them into much better condition for your next ride, treat new as well as
chronic (long standing) aches and pains, identifying and correcting postural imbalances
to help you sit as evenly as your horse needs you to, promoting core stability and
balance and keeping the key muscles involved in riding in their best working order
to improve your performances and prevent injuries developing.