If only they could talk, they would tell us massage…
- Releases endorphins
- Reduces muscle spasm
- Relieves muscle soreness
- Enhances proprioception
- Improves athletic performance
- Helps to restore full range of motion
- Prevents and relieves stress
- Assists in recovery from injuries
- Relaxes your animal when excitable
- Helps to dispel toxins and increases oxygenation and supply of nutrients to muscle groups and other soft tissues
- Prevents injury when used as part of a “whole horse” program
Facts to Considerations for Equine Massage:
- Roughly, 60% of the horse’s body weight is muscle and/or soft tissue.
- Muscles have an on switch, but where’s the off switch? There isn’t one! Neuropathways fire to contract muscle and propel us into motion, but there is no mechanism to turn on relax, regenerate and restore. Muscles respond to stress, over-strain or injury by hyper-contraction and adding inflammation to splint areas. This results in unnecessary stress on those muscle groups and opposing muscles or joints. Over time, this creates a cycle or pattern of degeneration.
- Muscle soreness can be the result of injury, cooling down too fast, structural or systemic imbalance, overstretching or overuse/misuse.
- Muscles, damaged or not, do not show up on X-Rays.
- Muscle problems are cumulative in nature. If one set of muscles is tight, the horse, like us, will have to compensate by tensing up and employing other muscles. Like us, horses anticipate pain. Their way of going becomes short and choppy, resulting in an uneven gait. Once again, without interruption of the cycle, this can result in a degenerative pattern.