Equestrian Lifestyle Solutions
Kao is an in-house practitioner with a life-long love of horses. Her childhood dreams turned to reality when she graduated from Midway College with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Physical Therapy. She has since joined the Pine Knoll Team and is excited to be part of such a peaceful and healing Center.
Kao's education enables her to treat many types of chronic and acute injuries in horses. Currently, she offers electrical stimulation, laser, far infrared heat therapy, magnets, infrasound, and therapeutic ultrasound as needed for each individual horse. She also incorporates manual therapies (such as massage and acupressure) into her treatment sessions.
She is a Kinesio Tape Practitioner® and is able to provide this unique treatment option to horses AND riders.
What is Kinesio Tape®?
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tape is safe for everyone ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. This therapeutic taping technique not only offers you support, but also rehabilitates the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. Kinesio Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
Four major benefits of Kinesio Tape:
- Correct Muscle Function
- Improved Circulation
- Pain Relief
- Repositioning of the Subluxed Joint
Why Equine Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy has two main uses: to rehabilitate individuals after an injury or surgery, and to help athletes perform at their best. This is as true for horses as it is for humans. Horses suffer from pain the same way and they benefit from the same treatments and exercises that professional human athletes do. Having an equine physical therapist on your horse’s team is an asset no matter what type of horse it is or what type of job it has.
Physical therapy (PT) is different than traditional veterinary medicine because it is completely non-invasive. Different types of PT include heat/cold therapy, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, cold laser, and electromagnetic therapy. PT also includes different types of manual therapy such as massage, acupressure, trigger point therapy, and craniosacral therapy.
Horse owners should always consult their vets when they think something may be wrong with their horse. Then, based on the diagnosis, they can call a therapist to help relieve pain and decrease healing time from any injuries the horse may have.
PT can treat a variety of different injuries. It is well-known to be helpful with muscle soreness. It can also help with tendons and ligaments, and even some bone injuries. In addition to rehabilitation, PT improves a horses performance. It increases the range-of-motion in the joints, making the horse more flexible. And it breaks up adhesions in the muscle fibers, giving the horse looser, stronger, more efficient muscle movements.
Whatever is your horse needs, PT can help. With very few contraindications, it’s hard to go wrong with this non-invasive treatment option complementing your regular veterinary care.