This article demonstrates the benefit of both physiotherapy and Pilates to the dressage rider in a sport where the rider’s position can dramatically affect the outcome of how the horse performs. It emphasises the demands on both horse and rider and how important it is that they work in synergy. The article highlights some important common musculoskeletal issues that dressage riders demonstrate as well as physiotherapy techniques and Pilates exercises that help in rider body awareness and correct body position in the saddle.
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Anna Nelson BSc (Hons), MCSP, OCPPP, AACP, Modern Pilates Trained. Established in 2000, her involvement in treating dressage riders developed after completing her Kinetic Control courses in 2001 and when, through having her own horse, she began to see the link between a correct dressage seat and how the horse performs.
Anna then went onto complete her Pilates training and in 2002 joined Gunthwaite Dressage which is a professional dressage training yard in the North of England. She attends the yard once a month to help the riders with their position and any musculoskeletal problems they may have.
Anna is an accredited member of the AACP and has specialist post graduate training in muscle imbalance, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue massage, soft tissue release, myofascial release, trigger point release, Maitland, McKenzie and Cyriax mobilisations. She is also a guest lecturer at Huddersfield University for third year physiotherapy students.
Anna can be contacted directly via email@example.com Anna is joint partner of Physiocure (www.physiocure.org.uk) based in North Leeds.
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