Equine Massage Therapy
Equine massage is an area of increasing importance in horse care. Professional and recreational horse owners use it to improve performance such as increasing mobility and range of motion, it can free up the poll, neck, shoulders and back to improve jumping, flexion, turning and stopping it can also be of benefit to the horses wellbeing.
Trained therapists who perform Equine Massage can also teach owners how to use stretches and techniques to aid there own horses and opens up a new avenue of communication with their horse.
Benefits of Equine Massage
Equine massage therapy for horses is commonly used to enhance performance levels, endurance, can help to prevent injury and aid the rate of recovery when an injury has occured but can also be used for the following.
Practitoners advise the use of shorter regular sessions rather than infrequent longer sessions.
Massage of horses can be used in the following situations:
There are situations where massage is not recommended, for example where there is acute inflammation of the skin, soft tissue and joints, where bones have been fractured, where circulatory disorders persist, where there is the presence or danger of haemorrhage or tumours and in the event of sprains.
Undoubtedly, the field of human massage has been much better researched and the widespread use of massage as an integral part of the training program of professional athletes is sufficient evidence for many that their competitive horses would also benefit from this form of therapy.