We’ve all done it… visited a physiotherapist who gives us daily exercises to perform in order to repair an injury. We gladly do the exercises for three or four days. After this initial burst of effort, we forget or chose not to do the exercises anymore, because we think we are fixed, and besides, these exercises are all too much effort. We’ve enough to be getting on with between work and home life! Then, three months later we end up in more pain then we started and have to pay the physiotherapist for 6 or 10 more sessions, instead of just the one we initially needed.
The wrist is what connects the hand to the arm. When the wrist is in pain it makes the use of the hand difficult. It can be so painful that a sufferer will opt for surgery if none of the other alternatives work. The surgery consists of the joint being replaced. This is a treatment that has a high success rate because it lasts long term. Medical doctors perform surgery as a last resort.
If a rider has been taught how to engage test and train the deep core muscles (Pilates) and also learn the walking movement patterns on a big ball then this can be practiced and then applied in the saddle. Once a movement pattern has been established it will come naturally. The trot, both sitting and rising can be trained on the ball, if the trainer knows the correct movement pattern. The sit trot can be taught by learning how to engage the deep core muscles and coordinate the breathing pattern with the two beat foot fall pattern, once learned the breathing pattern can be dropped because the sit trot is established. The canter can be simulated with certain exercises just as easily. Postural strength is a must to improve with the correct advice for riding.
Everybody’s heard of Dowager’s Hump. My grandmother had it….she NEVER got any exercise and spent her days reading and watching telly surrounded by a cloud of cigarette smoke with a glass of brandy beside her. Although she did live to be 81, God bless her. Heart like a swinging brick….
As part of your regimen and rehabilitation, you must visit two people. The physiotherapist will tell you exactly why and what kind of exercise you need to do and how will that affect the rehab process. The physiotherapist tokai is also well equipped to massage the affected area and gradually heal it.
My lunch at 2.30 pm comprises one roti made of five different kinds of grains that I learnt about at the Oneness camp. Very high-fibre and protein-friendly. And I must have ghee on my roti, can’t do without ghee on my roti, vegetables done in refined oil, chicken and daal.
Make sure you are fully insured, and so is your horse. Last thing you need when you are recuperating from the physical and mental effects of a horse riding injury is to worry about doctor’s and/or vet’s bills.