Equine Massage

Treat your horse to a sports massage, whether this be a pre-season “MOT”, a mid season service or just because they deserve it. A massage can benefit any horse or pony from much loved family pet to an equine athlete in any discipline.

The many benefits of massage......

Massage can be used to relieve aching muscles, improve muscle tone, increase range of motion, and reduce the impact of  repetivie concussion. Equine sports massage can also have psychological benefits such as relaxation and improved focus. 

Equine massage therapy affects the body as a whole and can have the following positive effects;

  • increase blood flow brining fresh oxygen and food to the tissues

  • increase lymph flow helping to remove toxins from the muscle and soft tissue

  • reduce pain perception

  • release tense muscles 

  • release adhesions

  • increase range of motion

  • improve movement

  • increase relaxation, relieving stress

What to expect.....

Our sports massage therapist will treat your horse in your yard, meaning that you don't have to travel. ​

 

Your therapist will take a history of your horse including any current injuries  or illnesses, previous injuries, ongoing veterinary treatments, the type of work and work load that the horse is performing.

 

The therapist will ask you to walk and trot the horse at the beginning of the treatment session to see how the horse is moving and will then complete a “hands on” examination, looking for sore spots, heat and asymmetry.

Your massage therapist will perform a full body massage concentrating on areas of tension and pain.

 

A sports massage will last around 60 minutes.

We request that your horse is clean and dry for the therapy session and that the therapist has somewhere warm and dry to work in inclement weather.

We are unable to perform massage on any animal without veterinary approval, but don’t worry we can obtain it on your behalf. All we need is the name and contact details of your veterinary surgeon.

Please note that our physiotherapist is not qualified to diagnose and we aim to work in conjunction with your vet, so if you think your horse has an injury you must seek medical advice first. 

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