Regular massage restores and maintains the performance of your horse. Muscle knots due to various causes (for example overworking, lack of workup/ cool down, lack of oxygen in tissue) causes pain and edema which in turn affects the way the animal uses its muscles. Tense and shortened muscle can not relax itself, so the tension remains permanent and the entire muscle elasticity suffers. This tensions can only be resolved with hands on separating fibres of the affected spastic tissue by massage. If the issue is not resolved the horses movement becomes shorter and stiffer. Which results in a spiral of problems. The next muscle group is burdened and so forth eventually the problem moves far from the original, even up to the tendons.
Preventing injuries by regularly checking and treating the muscles will benefit your horse and will, in a long run, be more economical for by ensuring that the muscles tissue is working as they are intended without compromising the movement chains and tendons.
Long term improvements of massage therapy can result in correct muscle development, pain relief, increased range of motion, leading to better overall mood and enhanced performance.
Equine Massage is not a substitute for veterinary care nor a diagnostic.
Always consult your veterinarian when you feel your horse has a further problem that doesn't respond to treatment.