Massage is the hands on manipulation of soft tissue. Using a range of techniques derived from sports massage in human athletes including compressions, miofacial release, static and dynamic stretches and effleurage to identify areas of tension, treat and provide after care advice to return the patient to peak performance.
Some of the benefits of massage include but are not limited to;
- Increased range of movement.
- Improved lymphatic drainage easing pain and stiffness after strenuous exercise.
- Increased injury recovery rate to damaged tissue within the muscle.
- Increased blood circulation (particularly beneficial for horses on box rest which will have decreased circulation due to many hours being stationary).
- Enhances muscle tone.
- Prevents injury by ensuring the muscles are prepared for the job.
- Helps prevent muscle atrophy (wastage).
- Focuses on back pain caused by ill fitting saddles ect.
- Aids in mental relaxation.