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Equine Sports Massage

Introduction | The Process | Benefits | Anatomy & Physiology | Cycles of Injury & Recovery

Anatomy & Physiology

Equine Massage Therapy Benefits - Horse PhysiologyA horses muscular system accounts for more than 60% of its body weight.  So the function and dysfunction of muscles can have profound and widespread consquences.

Muscle dysfunction can be transmitted to neighbouring muscle groups. As an example shoulder tension can be transmitted to the muscles of the forearm, resulting in extra stress being placed on the tendons.

A small muscle injury can take anything up to 90 days to become apparent (by a change in attitude, decreased performance and lameness) by which time they may have progressed to a more serious injury.

Treating these smaller injuries early, will not only enhances a horse's performance but also may prevent future problems.

Physiological Mechanism of Massage

The physical act of muscle massage increases the tissue temperature, stimulating the bodies thermal regulations mechanisms, and in turn can produce the following effects:

  • Enhanced circulatory flow
  • Restoration of ambient temperature
  • Improved waste/debris removal (lactic acid etc.)
  • Reduced local pressure
  • Reduced local tension
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved local function
  • Relaxation and Recovery