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WHAT IS EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPY?

Massage is the therapeutic manipulation of muscles and joints to relieve tension or pain.

We use massage to improve the athletic ability and performance of our horses. Sports Massage increases blood flow to help injured muscles repair and allows healthy muscles to remain supple and free of pain. Keeping muscles healthy helps prevent problems. Tight muscles are injuries waiting to happen. A relaxed horse is a happy horse.

Photo courtesy of Sue Kyllonen

BENEFITS OF REGULAR MASSAGE:

-Increases circulation which increases blood flow and oxygenation of muscles.

-Keeps muscles active to help the lymphatic system remove waste products.

-Helps relieve pain and muscle tension

-Increases range of motion and flexibility

-Breaks down scar tissue

-Reduces stress

-Increases blood flow of synovial fluid for joint health

-Helps bad attitude and generally makes the horse happier

THE BEST TIME FOR MASSAGE:

-Before and after work or competition

-Obvious muscle discomfort

-Attitude changes

-Vet recommendation

WHEN NOT TO USE MASSAGE:

-Skin problems or any type of infection

-Open wounds

-Horse has tied up

-Extreme lameness

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