Massage therapy is truly a gift that you can give to
your equine friend.
It can help to
ensure long lasting vitality along with many
OVERUSE OF MUSCLES
majority of strain type injuries are usually
cumulative & preventable. When there is
trauma to the muscle of some type (blow,
overstretch, overuse, overload) it shortens
and tightens. It is then followed by
development of a spasm (knot) where the
trauma occurred. These group of fibers are
held in contraction unable to release
itself. After time, it becomes more
aggravated and enlarges causing pressure,
pain & discomfort to your horse. He may
resist, refuse or go off in certain
movements. If the spasm is not released it
sets the stage for that final overload which
can produce a pull or tear of the muscle.
The original spasm could have been building
for weeks and could have occurred outside of
training or competing. Things you may not
even think could cause such a problem such
as not wanting to be loaded, racing around
the pasture or becoming caste in the stall.
Horses are over 60 % skeletal muscle, which is the system responsible for
movement. These muscles are often
overlooked when it comes to preventative
maintenance and injury rehabilitation.
What kinds of horses will benefit from
Simply any horse!
(ex. My horse is still off after being vet
checked & diagnostically tested)
Laminitic or navicular horses
Horses in lay up or rehab
with HYPP, EPM, EPSM or PSSM
Stifle, ligament or tendon injuries