ABOUT
YOUR THERAPIST

MASSAGE OFFICE

VISIT & SERVICES

BENEFITS
of
 MASSAGE THERAPY

CRANIO SACRAL THERAPY

EQUINE MASSAGE

CANINE MASSAGE

FELINE MASSAGE

GLOSSARY

LINKS

E-MAIL

 

Equine Sports Massage Therapy

Common Muscular Problems:

Refusing or Resisting Leads
Head and Neck Discomfort
Shortened Strides
Hind Leg Scuffing
Hip and Shoulder Lameness
Improper Tracking
Girthing Problems
Stumbling
Tossing of Head
Poor Disposition
Difficulty with Lateral Moment
Loss of Performance Ability 

More than 60% of a horseís body weight is skeletal muscle.  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.  A horse 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 Muscle Spasm / Tension
Increase Range
of Motion
Increased Circulation
Increased Performance
Increased Endurance
Helps to Prevent Injury
Improves Stamina
Improves Flexibility
Relieves Stiffness
Enhances Muscle Tone
Removal of Toxins and Metabolic Waste

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

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 race horse, dressage, eventers, back yard horse or show horse. 

ABOUT
YOUR THERAPIST

MASSAGE OFFICE

VISIT & SERVICES

BENEFITS
of
 MASSAGE THERAPY

CRANIO SACRAL THERAPY

EQUINE MASSAGE

CANINE MASSAGE

FELINE MASSAGE

GLOSSARY

LINKS

E-MAIL