The many documented benefits of Equine Sports bodywork include:
* Improves circulation and as a result, promotes more rapid healing of injuries.
* Enhances muscle tone and increases range of motion.
* Eases muscle spasms.
* Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints so that pain is relieved.
* Relieves tension.
* Stimulates circulation in the lymphatic system and hastens the elimination of waste products and other toxins.
* Lengthens connective tissue and so breaks down/prevents the formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibrosis.
* Generally improves the disposition of the animal.
* Increases the production of synovial fluid in the joints.
How Does Physical Therapy Help Your Horse?
Physical Therapy helps your horse in two ways; by rehabilitating existing problems and preventing others. In the rehabilitative stages Massage Therapy provides the circulation necessary for proper healing in injuries while it also breaks up and disperses the toxins that will hinder healing if left there. Acupressure and Shiatsu are both forms of acupoint therapy that are used to regenerate and move energy through nerve pathways so that healing can occur. Myotherapy and Neuromuscular Therapy are both forms of trigger point therapy that work to break up deep accumulations in muscles and release locked up muscle and joint junctions to improve & restore range of motion. This is a necessity for All Performance Horses!
Resolving problems also requires that you look at the whole situation. With horses this means that you must look at all possible contributing factors to the problem including Tack, Shoeing, Nutrition, and the Rider. Problems with any of these needs to be corrected before a horse can make a full recovery.
As for prevention, regular Maintenance Therapy is an excellent way to address minor issues before they become major problems. The body is always in a state of repair. Therapy simple increases and intensifies the rate that it can repair itself. By doing so injuries heal faster and down time is lessened. Professional Athletes get therapy on a regular basis for this reason.
What kinds of disorders are aided by Physical Therapy?
All Muscular and Skeletal problems including Neck, Shoulder, Back, and Rear End problems due to Stress, Strain, and Injury are aided by Physical Therapy! Leg & Hoof problems due to poor circulation and improper movement are also helped by physical therapy. PT also addresses the compensatory conditions caused by Injuries, Joint, and Hoof Disorders. The main culprits; Navicular, Laminitis, Stifle, and Hock Problems.
What are the signs of a horse in need of an Evaluation & Therapy Session?
Bitting Problems; Bolting; Bucking; Difficulty While Flexing; Dislikes Grooming; Girthy; Grumpy; Head Shy; Head Tossing; Jigging; Saddle Problems; Rearing; Refusing to take a Lead; Stiffness; Tail Swishing; Undetermined Lameness; Won't Gait; Won't Stand Still!
The list can go on and on, but I think you get the picture. If your horse is misbehaving, not performing well, or simply not improving at the rate you'd like, then it would benefit him to be evaluated before things get worse or even become dangerous.
If you own, train, or compete with horses, you are keenly aware of the amount of work we expect from our equines and the toll that work may take on their bodies. Sometimes tight spots develop that cause discomfort and hinder a horse's performance. Muscle tightening does not remain in an isolated area or state. Since tendons are only about 10% elastic, 90% of elasticity comes from the associated muscles, if one group tightens, the next group of muscles compensates for the lack of elasticity. The tension can travel from one area to another compounding the problem. For instance, tightening in the shoulders can travel to the forearm, down to the tendons of the lower leg.
Through manual therapy, tension and adhesions are broken up. With increased circulation and oxygen to the area, the body naturally removes the toxins and tension from the affected areas leaving the horse feeling more relaxed, in less pain, and able to perform better than before.
Benefits of Equine Sports Rehab:
Improves circulation and as a result, promotes more rapid healing of injuries.
Enhances muscle tone, increases range of motion, and eases muscle spasms.
Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints so that pain is relieved.
Stimulates circulation in the lymphatic system and hastens the elimination of waste products and other toxins.
Lengthens connective tissue and so breaks down/prevents the formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibrosis.
Relieves tension and generally improves the disposition of the animal.
Increases the production of synovial fluid in the joints.
Common problems that can be improved by Equine Sports Rehab:
Loss of performance ability
"Off" for no apparent reason
Shoulder or hip lameness
Stiffness and resistance
Short, choppy strides
I would love the opportunity to work with your horse(s). For scheduling please contact Triggerpoint4U.
Equine bodywork helps in preventing muscular & skeletal problems including Neck, Shoulder, Back, Rear, Leg & Hoof issues due to stress, strain & injuries.