Why Equissage Therapy WORKS! more
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, thus, 90% of elasticity comes from the associated muscles. If one group tightens, the next group of muscles compensate 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 t...
Why Equissage Therapy WORKS!
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, thus, 90% of elasticity comes from the associated muscles. If one group tightens, the next group of muscles compensate 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 massage, tension and adhesions are broken up by using a series of different strokes. By 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.
Massage has been used for therapeutic purposes - on both humans and animals - since the very dawn of time. Its beneficial use has been documented in our earliest cultures from the Egyptians... to the Phoenicians... to the Greeks... to the Romans and on to the present time. It is noteworthy, that in the very first books on human and veterinary medicine, entire chapters would be devoted to the use, benefits and implementation of massage therapy. hide
Later on, as so-called miracle drugs were developed, the medical establishment in concert with the fledgling pharmaceutical industry decided that "old fashion" therapies and treatments - like massage - were no longer needed, nor did they have any meaningful place in a health regimen.
It was only when prescription drugs (some with side effects worse than the condition's symptoms) became too prolific and too expensive did people begin to reconsider some of those therapies discarded in the past. Slowly but surely, in the last quarter of the 20th Century these modalities along with some "newer" Eastern Cultured Therapies began to compete in a very real way for the acceptance and dollars of an increasingly discerning society. That is, society began to realize that they were often getting as much relief and treatment from "alternatives" as from the Pharmacist's drugs and the surgeon's scalpel.
At the same time, people were beginning to understand that if these alternative therapies could help them, they would probably work as well on their pets and the other animals in their care. Thus, in the late 1980's there began to be a significant move toward the use of these alternative therapies on both companion animals and horses involved in racing and show events.
Chief among these therapies in actual therapeutic value and cost effectiveness has been massage.
Among the many documented benefits of massage are:
-Enhances muscle tone and range of motion.
-Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints, thereby alleviating pain.
-Promotes the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying away excessive fluids and toxins.
-Creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles...releasing tension...relaxing muscles.
-Stimulates circulation by: defrosting frozen muscles, thereby releasing endorphins - the body's natural pain killers.
-Helps to maintain the whole body in better physical condition.