Equine massage therapy is a procedure that is relatively new in the equestrian world. It is based on a lot of the therapeutic and massage techniques that have been developed to help human athletes achieve their maximum potential. When these techniques are applied to a horse, the results are increased performance, increased competitiveness, and increased endurance.
This style of massage therapy has also been a preventative aid. It prevents horses from developing injuries to their muscles and their joints. It also helps horses to increase the speed at which they recover from injuries.
The trained professionals that do Equine massage have an in-depth understanding of the muscular and skeletal system of a horse. They also understand what these systems need in order to recover from an injury quicker. The principles of Equine massage can be applied to horses that are kept for recreational purposes as well as those that are used in competition.
The main reasons why horses lose training time is because of injured muscles, strained tendons, or damaged ligaments. The massage strokes and techniques that Equine massage therapists learn allow them to first evaluate the injury that the horse has sustained and then create a comprehensive treatment program designed to get the horse up and running again.
A major part of the training that Equine massage therapists receive is doing hands-on work that helps them to recognize visual responses that a horse may give to the masseuse’s touch. This allows the masseuse to find and release stress that has accumulated in different parts of the horse’s body.
Equine massage therapists focus on three core principles. They include preventing injury, rehabilitation from injury, and diagnosing an injury. Stretching and massage will give a horse the flexibility and grace they need in order to perform at their best. It will help the connective tissues in the body become more elastic and will allow the horse’s muscles to return to their inherent shape. Massage increases the flow of blood to the horse’s muscles, and this in turn creates a healthy environment for muscles to rehabilitate after a race or after an injury.
If a horse does not have complete range of motion, other parts of their body will compensate for the injured area. The end result will be ruptures of soft tissue and the formation of scar tissue, which will permanently affect a horse’s ability to perform.