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.
This therapy works well on so many levels for neglected or mistreated horses.
If you know of a horse in need of help, Contact Kathleen today at (480) 688-3924
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*The treatments suggested are not to be used instead of needed veterinary care.