For the health and well being of your horse

THE BENEFITS OF EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE

Every horse deserves a massage

Reduce pain

Prevent injury

Improve muscle tone

Increase range of movement

Enhance circulation

Prevent muscle atrophy

Equine sports massage benefits extend beyond just a pampering session for your horse. It is an essential part of maintaining and treating horses. In many cases, vets will refer horses for massage treatment since massage can be used to treat a wide range of muscular problems.

It is estimated that a horse’s body mass is composed of 60% muscle (compared to humans at 35-40%). Many physical and behavioral problems can be attributed to tight muscles and dysfunctional nerves.

In order to perform properly, a muscle must be free of damage or tension. In general, horses are very tolerant animals, and often put up with a lot of pain and discomfort before complaining. Since horses cannot speak, they only have one means of communicating – by exhibiting various undesirable behaviours.

There are many peer-reviewed scientific research papers that support the equine sports massage benefits.

Maintenance Massage

Your horse’s musculoskeletal system should be checked routinely, and a massage can be incorporated whenever convenient in order to maintain the results of remedial massage or to keep the muscles supple.

Remedial Massage

A remedial massage is suitable for specific musculoskeletal problems that result in loss of performance or injury in horses, such as back pain, crookedness, etc.

It may be that your horse exhibits pain or stiffness, or that he has a specific condition like arthritis. While the treatment covers the whole body, time is spent focusing on problem areas. Massages can be beneficial before or after surgery, but you should speak to your veterinarian first.

Remedial massage should be used once a week for up to four weeks. During this period you may also wish to seek the assistance of farriers, saddlers, chiropractors, etc.

PRE & POST-EVENT

EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE BENEFITS

pre and post event equine massage benefits

Pre-Event Massage

In pre-event massage, muscles are loosened and warmed up, the nervous system is stimulated, and circulation is increased. Effectively a pre-event massage wakes up the muscles, preparing your horse for intense physical activity.

By reducing muscle tension and spasms, your horse will be able to move more freely and effectively.

Once the massage has been completed, the horse can be tacked up ready for the physical warm up.

Approximately 25 mins are required for the pre-event massage.

Benefits of a Pre-Event Massage:

  • Lethargic horses can be helped by massage prior to competition, which stimulates the circulatory system. As a result, alertness and responsiveness are improved as blood flow and oxygen flow to the brain and muscles is increased.
  • By passively stretching tendons, muscles and ligaments, they become warm, elastic, and supple, preventing injury and increasing mobility.
  • In contrast, a stressed and nervous horse will gain benefit from a massage that stimulates its natural pain-reducing endorphins and relaxes its nervous system.

Post-Event Massage

Post-event massage helps the horse recover more quickly by releasing tight muscles and improving muscle recovery.

In addition, it assists with the removal of metabolic byproducts and lactic acid from the body.

Muscle soreness can also be alleviated by post-event massage, and lactic acid can also be eliminated. In addition, it keeps the horse relaxed and refreshed.

The session will last approximately 25 minutes. The most effective time to perform a post-event massage is from 4 to 48 hours after a competition.

Benefits of a Post-Event Massage:

  • During hands-on manipulation, the body is examined for injuries, tightness, or spasms.
  • By manipulating the soft tissues, blood and lymph supply are stimulated, facilitating the removal of toxins and the repair of damaged tissues and muscles.
  • Relaxes muscle spasms.
  • In addition to assisting relaxation, endorphins also relieve pain.
  • As a result of releasing stress points/spasms, the muscles will relax.
  • Oedema (excess fluid in legs or joints) can also be dispersed.

Consultation

All horses visited for the first time must have a thorough consultation. This includes reviewing a full and detailed history, followed by a static / dynamic assessment where the main problems will be identified. Includes an initial massage of between 45 mins to an hour. Total session will be up to 1.5 hrs.

Maintenance Massage

If the session is primarily a maintenance massage, the whole body will be worked. For remedial sessions, particular attention is focused on one or more specific areas, as well as the whole body. I will include a selection of suitable stretches (if appropriate) and some phototherapy. Total session will be 45 mins to 1 hour.

Pre & Post-event Massage

Pre-event massages are vital to prepare your horse for prolongued or intensive physical exercise. And then a post-event massage to cool the horse down after an event; they are necessary in preventing injury, muscle strain & fatigue, and to aid recovery. Each session is up to 25 mins.

Consultation

All horses visited for the first time must have a thorough consultation. This includes reviewing a full and detailed history, followed by a static / dynamic assessment where the main problems will be identified. Includes an initial massage of between 45 mins to an hour. Total session will be up to 1.5 hrs.

Maintenance Massage

If the session is primarily a maintenance massage, the whole body will be worked. For remedial sessions, particular attention is focused on one or more specific areas, as well as the whole body. I will include a selection of suitable stretches (if appropriate) and some phototherapy. Total session will be 45 mins to 1 hour.

Pre & Post-event Massage

Pre-event massages are vital to prepare your horse for prolongued or intensive physical exercise. And then a post-event massage to cool the horse down after an event; they are necessary in preventing injury, muscle strain & fatigue, and to aid recovery. Each session is up to 25 mins.

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