Massage: As a complementary therapy
Horses often develop soreness and stiffness from poor fitting tack. I offer massage and muscle therapy to help your horse recover and return to full performance. A sore horse may stiffen and assume protective postures that prevent full range of motion. Massage helps alleviate muscle tension, remove lactic acid buildup, and stimulate circulation. In combination with a proper fitting saddle, equine massage can improve your horse’s response and flexibility, increase range of motion, help prevent future muscle injury, and improve athletic ability by preparing muscles for work.
Benefits of Massage
- Improve circulation
- Ease muscle spasm, soreness and tension
- Sooth a nervous horse and improve disposition
- Eliminate toxins through stimulation of the lymph glands
- Help prevent muscle atrophy
- Improve suppleness
- Accelerate recovery time after vigorous work
Getting the Most out of Your Massage
- Please let me know in advance if your horse has had any recent injuries or inflammation. If a veterinarian recently treated your horse, did he or she leave instructions behind?
- Massage is not a good idea if your horse has skin problems of fungal origin such as ringworm, infectious diseases or viral diseases. Please let me know if any of these conditions are present.
- I appreciate it if you groom your horse before the appointment
- It helps if the environment is quiet; radios are turned low or off, and interruptions kept to a minimum. will be happy to answer any questions after the session.
- It will be good to ride, stretch or otherwise exercise your horse after the massage session, especially if I do deep work. Exercise will help keep the muscles loose and limber, and will help build good “muscle memory” in formerly tight areas.
- It may take three to five sessions for your horse to understand what is happening and relax into the massage. And it may take more than one session to relax very stiff or tense muscles. This is especially true if the tenseness has been building over time.
- Occasionally, a horse may break out in hives from the massage. Generally, this is just a reaction to the toxins being released during massage and he or she should return to normal shortly after the session. If the hives persist, please call your veterinarian.
Tip: The session is most effective if I have the opportunity to evaluate your horse’s movement. However, I will not diagnose a problem. Please call your veterinarian if you have any questions regarding your horse’s soundness.