What is Massage:
Massage refers to techniques of manipulation to layers of soft tissues and structures beneath the skin using hands and fingers.
Benefits of Massage:
Some of the benefits of massage include: relieving muscle tension/ spasms, improving proprioception and range of motion, increase flexion in the neck and back, improve core strength, assist in healing of scar tissue, tendon and ligaments as well as improving circulation, balancing nutrient and waste toxins levels.
Indications your horse may benefit from massage:
Signs that massage therapy could suit your horse can include: decline in performance, resistance to move forward or collect, muscle asymmetry, uneven stride lengths and negative behaviour when tacking up and mounting.
Responses to Massage:
After the second session, when the horse is used to treatment, we start to see positive responses such as chewing and yawning. However, other changes, including improving performance, will usually take longer than two sessions.
Contra-Indications to Massage:
Situations where massage is not appropriate include: fever, fungal diseases, infectious diseases, neurological problems, pregnancy and within 5 day of horse receiving vaccinations. In some cases, extra veterinary advice may be needed if horse has circulatory problems, lymphangitis, arthritis, tumours, open wounds and bruising.
JG Equine Therapy operates under the ‘Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966’ which states that veterinary permission must be obtained before any treatments can be carried out on the animal- which can be obtained with a simple phone call. Ultimately, this is to safeguard the welfare of sick or injured animals.