Body, Mind, Soul
Massage helps horses to feel good, and also get better.*
Four specific medically-related problems whose symptoms can be alleviated through massage:
- Tying Up (Muscle Stiffness)
- E.P.M. (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis)
- Food Poisoning
Other benefits include:
- Relaxation and Stress Reduction
- Increased Flexibility of Soft Tissue
- Reduction of Edema (swelling)
- Enhancement of Waste and Toxin Elimination
- Maintenance of Good Posture and Body Balance
- Prevention of Atrophy (Wasting) in Inactive Muscles
- Improvement in Athletic Performance
- Loosening and Softening of Scar Tissue
- Release of Endorphins (naturally-occurring steroids in the body which act to assuage pain)
- Enhancement of Muscle Tone and Range of Motion
- Advancement of Healing through Increase Flow of Nutrients to Injured Muscles
- Reduces Inflammation and Swelling in the Joints, thereby Alleviating Pain
- Helps maintain the WHOLE body in better physical condition
In addition, the specific strokes used in equine sports massage are specifically designed to “break up” muscle adhesions, so the muscle will be restored to its proper functioning.
When muscles are overworked, over-exercised and generally overloaded, the tissue will develop adhesions (“clumps” of tissue, leading to fibrosis), which restrict the proper shortening and lengthening of the muscle, thereby causing spasm and pain.
Equine sports massage not only helps your horse to feel better, but to perform better as well.
A Pre-Event Sports Massage loosens, warms and readies the muscles for an event.
A Post-Event Sports Massage relieves muscle pain and stiffness by returning the muscles to a normal state, much faster than if they’d been allowed to go without a massage.
An Equissage Sports Massage helps to keep the entire body in better physical condition.
Recommended Sports Massage Prevention Programs:
PLAN A: Recommended for horses at very high levels of competition:
- Week One: Three Massages
- Week Two: Two Massages
- Week Three: One Massage
- Thereafter: One Massage Every Week
PLAN B: Recommended for horses that compete on a regular basis.
- One Massage Every Two Weeks
PLAN C: Recommended for horses that compete occasionally.
- One Massage Every Two Weeks for Six Weeks, then As Needed.
PLAN D: Recommended for horses that are used for pleasure riding or very light competition.
- Massages As Needed
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*The holistic treatments suggested are not to be used instead of needed veterinary care.