Types of Treatment and Their Benefits

Maintenance

This is a general massage suitable for all horses, including horses on box rest. The treatment covers the whole body and works on any problem areas discovered.  The treatment can help maintain wellbeing and function, and also reduces the risk of injury and improves performance.  Maintenance massage can be performed at any time, to maintain the results of remedial massage, as an MOT check over the musculo-skeletal system, or to keep your horse's muscles supple.

 

Ideally used up to 4 times per year to maintain the benefits.

 

Benefits include:

Relaxes the horse’s mind and body

Improves coat and skin condition

Improves muscle tone

Removes lactic acid from muscles which causes fatigue

Promotes drainage of lymph and its waste products, from the muscle

Boosts the blood circulation

Mobilises joints and keeps them supple

Reduces muscle tension

Releases muscles spasms and stress points

Increases the horse’s range of movement and suppleness, reducing risk of repetitive strain injury

Improves co-ordination and balance

Improves jumping ability

Reduces crookedness and helps develop muscles more evenly.

 

Remedial

This is a massage suitable for particular musculo-skeletal problems, loss of performance or injury in the horse; e.g. crookedness, back pain, stiffness, specific conditions, after a fall.  The treatment covers the whole body but time is spent focusing on problem areas.

 

Ideally used once a week for up to 4 weeks.  During this time, the expertise of farriers, saddlers, chiropractors etc, may be sought as appropriate. Please note, that massage is not a substitute for veterinary attention.

 

 

Benefits include: 

As above but particularly

Reduces healing time and aids recovery

Removes lactic acid from the muscles

Mobilises joints

Reduces and relaxes muscle tension

Releases spasms, which can be the sole cause of other problems

Increases the horse’s range of movement and suppleness

Reduces crookedness and helps develop muscles more evenly

Prevents muscles shortening which occurs after muscle injury

Relieves pain in the muscles

Removes scar tissue from the muscle

Prevents muscle wastage after injury

 

Pre-event Massage

This massage is ideal prior to hard work or competition, allowing the horse to perform at its best.  The treatment focuses on problem areas and discipline stress points.  It can be relaxing or stimulating, preparing the horse’s mind and body for competition.

 

Ideally used up to 4 hrs before the event, and take up to 15 minutes.

 

Benefits include:

Boosts the blood circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage

Reduces the risk of injury by; increasing synovial fluid in the joints, working on known stress points, increasing the range of movement in the target muscles and increasing tissue elasticity.

Improves mental focus

Calms or stimulates the horse

 

Post-event Massage

This massage is ideal after a competition or a hard days work.   The treatment relaxes the horse’s mind and body after an event, and covers the whole body focusing on discipline stress points and can find areas of trauma.

 

Ideally used between 2 – 4 hrs after the event, and takes 30 minutes.

 

Benefits include:

Checking for areas of trauma

Encourages removal of lactic acid and carbon dioxide, major causes of fatigue

Boosts blood circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage

Reduces built-up tension in the muscles

Releases muscle spasms and stress points, developed during the event

Prevents stiffness

Reduces recovery time