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Massage therapy

Below are descriptions of some of the therapies used:

Sports Massage is used as a maintenance and preventative routine to keep your horse in prime condition. It is also used as a vehicle to assess the horse for stress and trigger points and muscle spasm requiring release.

  • Should be performed every 4 to 6 weeks on healthy muscle.
  • During show/event season it should be performed every 2 to 4 weeks.

Deep tissue is the same sequence of sports massage, and is performed with a deeper weight of hand for the equine that enjoys a heavier touch.

Sports or Deep tissue massage should be performed approximately one week prior to a show or event to increase circulation throughout the body and to release stress or target points.

Recuperation Massage

  • Used primarily to increase circulation of the blood and lymph systems to eliminate waste and toxins.
  • Helps the body to heal more quickly and more efficiently.
  • Relieves stress on compensatory muscles.

Pre-Event Massage

  • Readies the horse for his event by loosening and warming the muscles.
  • This is 20 to 30 minute session and should be performed 30 minutes prior to the event, followed by walk.
  • A light stretch can also be done at this time.

Post-Event Massage

  • Relieves muscle pain and stiffness by helping muscles return to their original length and helping the body eliminate lactic acid to prevent fatigue and soreness.
  • Performed approximately 15 minutes the event and is a 15 to 20 minute session.
  • A light stretch can also be done at this time.

Hydrotherapy is the application of either cold or hot water to the horse either prior or during massage. Depending upon the temperature of the water, this technique will increase the effectiveness of the massage by either numbing or soothing the nerve endings.

Stretching improves muscle tone and increases elasticity of ligaments and joints. It also increases the horses awareness of his body. There are a number of stretching exercises which compliment and facilitate massage. Those used will depend upon the needs of your horse and will be a way to enhance your relationship with your equine as you follow-through on those stretches.

Myofascial Release: Fascia is known as the "organ of form" and is the substance that gives us our shape. Fascial  connective tissue in the equine, forms the web from head to tail and surrounds and connects every muscle, bone, nerve and cell. When the equine is injured, the fascia will tighten and thicken as a protective response.  Myofascial release is a sustained, gentle pressure which will elongate the compromised tissue restoring freedom of movement and the horse's natural ability of coordination, strength and power.