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Common Muscular Problems:

Head and Neck Discomfort
Leg Stiffness
Hip and Shoulder Lameness
 Poor Disposition
 Loss of Performance Ability


A muscle injury can take several months to become apparent. In that length of time more serious injury could occur.  Prompt attention to minor injuries can prevent future problems and enhance performance.

Muscles are bands of fiber which stretch and contract.  If a number of these fibers spasm due to overuse, the result can be an inability of the muscle to stretch to full length.  When we work a muscle it is subject to knotting up.  This, in turn, can cause the entire muscle to tighten and spasm, affecting the movement of the muscle.  It can be a searing pain, or just a mild discomfort.  As the spasm becomes more irritated from on going use, more fibers are added to the spasm.  The larger it becomes the more discomfort is felt.  This can cause the horse to guard that area and use other muscle groups to compensate.  Spasms shorten the length of the muscle and thus restrict movement. 

We can put up with the pain, or seek medical assistance.  Your canine is dependent on you, however, their owner.  They cannot verbally tell you that they hurt, so they relay the message in other ways.  Poor performance can be a result of resistance.  Temperament can be affected.  Disobedience can be related to discomfort.  When pain is relieved, disposition will improve.


 Benefits of Massage:
Relieving of
Muscle Tension
Increase Range
of Motion
*Increased Circulation
Relaxation Of Muscle Spasms
Increased Performance
Increased Endurance
Helps to Prevent Injury
 Enhances Muscle Tone
Removal of Toxins and Metabolic Waste
Enhances the general state of well-being

*Increased Circulation Benefits
Removal of Toxins and metabolic waste
Reduces the discomfort of arthritis & hip dysphasia
Prevents development of post operative compensatory tension
enhances the heath and nourishment of the skin
Strengthen immune system
Fosters faster healing

Massage techniques can accomplish increased performance and endurance as well as helping to prevent injury.  It increases circulation reducing muscle tension & stress, the primary cause of muscle injury.  Blood is a very important ingredient in our makeup.  We could not live without it.  It contains nutrients that help heal the body and keep the body healthy when it is flowing properly.  Unfortunately, sometimes things happen in our bodies to disrupt the blood flow.  A muscle tightens, scar tissue that has built up from a previous injury, toxins and waste products that havenít been flushed out of the body properly can all inhibit blood from flowing.  This can cause stiffness, pain, and even numbness.  Massaging the muscles can relax them enough to allow the blood to circulate better and do what it was designed to do.  Mental relaxation and prevention of muscle atrophy is also a benefit of massage.  It can lessen the risk of injury from strain or fatigue or be used for rehabilitation.  Regular massage can help guard against future muscle injuries, relaxed gait, free flowing movements, and all around wellness

Some strokes can stimulate oil glands and promote hair growth for dogs with skin problems.
A tool for after surgery rehab illation
For competing dogs it is used as a pre event warm up or post event cool down.   Pre-event massage will assist the muscles in working longer and more efficiently. This will help prevent injury.  Post event massage will reduce muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occurs after vigorous exercise.  This will reduce muscle soreness. Speeds the healing process
Even if your dog is health you want to keep him that way and massage can be used as a preventive method.

In aging dogs it is a natural way to relieve pain.  Since they have reduced activity levels they need massage to keep there muscles relaxed.  It will help increase muscle tone, circulation, and flexibility. It will help reduce pain and muscle tension caused by Arthritis and Rheumatism. 

 

Owners should do passive stretching exercises with their horse on a daily routine.  If this is done after massage the muscles will be more receptive.  Talk to your massage therapist about what you can do to help with your horseís wellness. 

Massage Therapy is a preventative measure.  It is not a substitute for veterinary medicine.  It can benefit the eventers, your family pet or show canine. 

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