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What is massage therapy and some of the benefits?

Equine massage therapy is a series of massage strokes applied with certain pressure to help increase blood flow, reduce stress, relax the horse, loosen joints, tight & knotted muscles, & ligaments by working to get the soft tissue healthy.

Do you want to improve your horses performance? Is your horse missing lead changes or struggling to travel straight? Does your horse seem stiff after a weekend of trail riding? Massage therapy is not just a do a treatment your horses work hard and can get sore and have muscle strains, pulls, and tears just like us!
A.D’S Equine Sports Massage Therapy & Rehabilitation LLC
Massage therapy benefits:

• Promotes healing by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles and carrying away excessive fluids and toxins.

• Reduces inflammation and swelling in joints, thereby alleviating pain, by improving circulation.

• Creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles. When tension is released, muscle relax.

• Assists in balancing the body by treating the body as a whole rather than each individual part.

• Stimulates circulation by “defrosting frozen muscles” thereby releasing endorphins- natural pain killers. Improved circulation also increases the excretion of toxins through the skin.

• Enhances muscle tone and increases range of motion.

• Helps maintain the whole body in better physical condition.

• Helps alleviate muscles spasms and fatigue thus reducing the risk of tearing or pulling muscles.

• Increases range of motion and enhances muscle tone.

• Promotes more rapid healing of injuries by improving circulation.

• Improves performance and athletic ability.

• May help prevent colic by keeping the intestinal tract moving as it should.
Pre & post event benefits:

• Minimizes stiffness

• Enhance tissue repair

• Maintain suppleness and strength
Common behavior issues related to back pain and or saddle fit:

• Difficult to shoe

• Cold- backed while mounting

• Bucks or rolls excessively

• Reluctant to stride out

• Slow to warm up or relax while riding

• Inability to travel straight

• Falters or resists during transitions

• Head tossing

• Fidgeting while mounting/dismounting

• Objection to being saddled or tightening of girth/cinch

• Difficulty going down hill

• Rider constantly having to adjust position

• Twists over fences

• Difficulty maintaining collection or impulsion

• Hypersensitivity to brushing

• Unable or unwilling to round back or neck

If your horse is showing any of these signs they could benefit from massage.

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