sports massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body.
It can help trigger the body's own natural ability to heal, relieve
stress and assist in recovery from injuries.
techniques such as stroking, effleurage, petrissage and tapotement benefit
the whole body by improving circulation, muscle tone, freedom of movement,
calming of the nervous system, lymphatic drainage to dispel toxins from
the body and increase oxygenation - which leads to better performance!
horses, of any age, from performance horses to happy hackers, can benefit
horses, like human athletes, work hard to achieve top results. A lot
is put into training and nutrition to help the horse reach its potential
in all disciplines, but such performances reult in more injuries, pain
and worn-out animals.
For years strong drugs were seen as the answer.
But over the years the equine industry has seen the negative side effects
of such drugs. Now the horse world has strongly benefitted from the
progress of modern medicine such as sports massage which is now widely
accepted and recognised by vets and trainers.
is important as it improves balance, frees movement, reduces tension
on joints, tendons and connective tissue and lengthens muscle fibres
- all helping to create a supple, happier horse with a larger range
of movement making the horse more comfortable to ride.
and ligaments which are prepared for action are a lot less likely to
suffer injury and damage.
horse has had an injury the nerve endings in the muscles provide information
to adjust the body and movement to compensate the area. Over time the
brain can think this is normal movement. By stretching, this can "reset"
the nerve endings and with an excercise routine the horse can get back
to correct posture and movement.
your horse show signs of:
head carriage and hollow back
of flexion and bend
on the bit
to go forward
can help in many cases like the above or just help to keep your horse
in top condition.