Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues in the body to promote healing, well-being and enhance performance. All horses can benefit from massage, not just those in high levels of exercise. During day to day exercise the horse can develop small areas of wear and tear in the muscles, if left to develop these can become problematic in the future. Sports massage can be used to relieve tension and aid tissue repair so these small areas of damage are relieved in the early stages.
- Improves blood circulation
- Releases tension
- Mental relaxation
- Improves muscle tone
-Improves range of motion
-Increases stregth and flexibilty
-Enhance gait quaity
Taping enhances the ability of the own body's healing process and performance, improves proprioception and muscular control. Can be used to activate weaker muscles and inhibit overworked muscles, which improves posture and balance. Its physical assistance means the muscles and joints are supported throughout all their movements, helping weaknesses to heal and strengthen correctly.
-Reduction in muscle atrophy
-Improves lymph drainage
-Provides support and stability to muscles and joints
-Decrease in inflammation
Tape can be left on for up to a week meaning that the horse will continue to feel the therapeutic benefit long after the session has finished. This is particularly beneficial for treating inflammatory conditions or postural corrections.
Using an infrared camera creates an image of the horse identifying temperature distribution. Abnormal heat or cold spots can indicate issues in the body such as small injuries, inflammation or lack of circulation.
Thermographic evaluation can detect musculoskeletal injures between 3-4 weeks before the injury becomes visible to the human eye, either by swelling, lameness etc.
Post exercise thermal imaging can indicate if there is any area of the horse that is overworking or under excessive strain. As well as this, it can also pick up on problems with saddle fit as pressure points will create hop spots along the horse's back. Once incorrect loading of the muscles or soreness has been identified on a thermal image, it can be rectified with massage or other therapeutic techniques.
-Inflamed ligaments or tendons
-Inflammation in soft tissues
-Stiffness or discomfort
-Hoof, back and dental health
-Chronic and degenerative conditions