Essentially the manipulation of soft tissues in the body, massage therapy has been noted to aid the prevention of injury, recovery from fatigue, relaxation and increasing mobility. (Hemmings, 2001). Performance depends on freedom of movement, full flexibility and an absence of musculoskeletal pain, all of which can improve with massage (Gellman, 1998). Traditionally massage methods have been manual but with recent advances in technology, electrical modalities have been introduced.
Massage therapy has been shown to improve flexibility and promote relaxation by lowering horse’s heart rates. Tension is often one of the most common reasons for poor performance in horses and by increasing relaxation and improving back flexibility; the negative effects of tension can be reduced. Like us, most horses can benefit from a massage session but maintaining a healthy back through massage can help prevent performance inhibitors such as stiffness, hollowness, shortened stride length, or in more serious cases napping, bucking and rearing.
Massage therapy stimulates blood flow to the area treated and has a similar effect to the tissue as heat does ie. promoting vasodilatation. Vasodilatation increases blood flow; bringing with it increased oxygen and nutrient supply to the muscle and after exercise this can help with the removal of toxins such as lactic acid.
The quick, effective and easy to use Equilibrium Therapy Massage Mitt helps to promote relaxation, improve flexibility and improve muscle condition. For use on muscle groups in the neck, quarters and hamstrings.
* The new Equilibrium Therapy Silver Battery will NOT work with the older style Equilibrium Therapy Massage Mitt (navy in colour).
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