I am a Certified Equine Massage Therapist qualified to do the following types of massage: Structural Integration (Rolfing), Relaxation, Swedish, Sports massage, Body Balancing, Stress Point and Trigger Point Therapy, Performance Enhancement, and Stimulation massage, and Myofascial Release.
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Horses are athletes and can injure, overuse, or misuse their muscles just as human athletes can.The best protection against injuries is prevention. Tight muscles can not release quickly or completely, and reduces the horse's ability to perform. The muscular system is 60% of the horse's total body weight and is responsible for motion. When muscles are repeatedly strained, there is a loss of free motion. If your horse has any of the following symptoms: girthiness or cold back, lack of impulsion, head tossing, refusing to pick up a canter lead, difficulty with lateral movement, unexplained lameness, sourness, he may very well benefit from massage therapy. Tightness in one muscle can transmit from one muscle group to another, causing widespread pain and restriction in movement. You should see or feel immediate improvement in disposition, movement, flexibility, and desire to go forward when that tightness is addressed. All horse, of all ages, can benefit from massage. Massage, along with good saddle fit, shoeing, dental care, and nutrition should be routine care for your horse.
I now offer cold laser treatment. Lasers Treat: Acute or Chronic Ligament Injuries, Tendons, Muscles, Feet, Abscesses, Scar tissue, Sore backs, Wounds, Stifles & Hamstrings, Hocks & Knees to name a few uses.