Enhancing Performance With Horse Massage Therapy

Once a human-only treatment, massage is now used to treat animals, helping heal wounds, relieving their stress, and aiding in performance. Horse massage therapy has become very popular and comes at a surprisingly low price. An integrated approach is used, combining a focus on the animal’s history, balance, condition, and complaints.

During an initial evaluation of the horse, the trainer asks the trainer or owner questions about the horse’s galloping, trotting, walking and standing habits. The symmetry of the extremities and the areas of the back, neck, pelvis and shoulders are checked. Each horse is thoroughly examined to reveal previously unnoticed areas that may need to be addressed with massage. The owner or trainer should be prepared to provide veterinary records and details about training and nutrition programs.

It takes between one and two hours to complete a massage treatment on a horse. Athletes, horses with chronic conditions, and those subject to high levels of stress should receive maintenance treatments to continue positive results. Strengthening programs are used as needed and suggestions on the most effective use of the equipment can be provided. The goals of treatment are not just related to the physical aspects of the animal: relaxation, stress reduction, and improved focus and mental clarity are other goals.

Performing integrative bodywork and acupressure on a horse produces many benefits. Helps strengthen tendons, muscles, bones and joints and improves mobility and animal neck massager flexibility. Rehabilitation techniques are used on horses with injuries or that are aging. As with humans, horse massage releases natural cortisone which reduces inflammation and swelling. The released endorphins increase energy and relieve pain. Injured horses benefit from increased blood supply and removal of toxins.

Massage and acupressure are not intended to replace veterinary or other medical care. In fact, the veterinarian should be consulted before subjecting the horse to these treatments and should be kept informed. The treatment must be carried out in a relaxed and comfortable environment for the animal. It is important that the horse feels safe and secure or you will not get the maximum benefits.

The horse massage therapy treatment often initiates an energy shift that the animals can recognize. Some horses enthusiastically accept treatment, while those who are more reluctant must adapt. It takes a full day for the horse’s body to realize the full effects of massage and acupressure treatments. Periodic full or partial treatments are available and treatment packages can be offered.