WHY SPORTS MASSAGE?
Equine Sports Massage
References of massage can be found as far back as 2500BC, as it was known, even then, to be an efficient and successful therapy and rehabilitation technique in human medicine. Historically, it is thought that as early as 1100BC the Ancient Greeks would massage their horses before going into battle, but more recently it's been used by many top riders and equestrian teams such as the USA olympic equestrian team. The benefits of it are vast, and can be used as either a remedial treatment or for maintenance. This makes it perfect for almost any horse, as the treatment can be constantly adapted.
A few of the benefits are listed below, but if you have any questions please call, text or email to discuss.
Relaxes the horse both physchologically any physiologically
Improves coat condition
Increased blood flow and circulation
Improves muscle tone
Helps with lymphatic drainage to remove waste products from the system
Increases range of motion in the joints
Releases muscle tension and stress/trigger points
Removal of scar tissue
Many of the points above help to prevent repetitive strain or injury, and can decrease the healing time and aid in the recovery of some issues.
Taping applications to maintain functionality and comfort in training and assist with recovery will be explored as a means to facilitating overall soundness in the equine athlete. FMT Equine taping techniques utilize “longitudinal anatomy”, or a “movement patterns” concept as a means of connecting the brain to the body’s uninterrupted fascial web in order to enhance rehab and athletic performance via cutaneous (skin), and hair follicle stimulation.
Please note: Under the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 2015 veterinary consent must be obtained prior to treatment.
Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy has been found to have wide range of benefits. I consistently use it alongside sports massage and stretching as horses respond extremely well to it. RLT relieves pain, stimulates cells to repair and heal, reduce swelling and inflammation, and stimulates the immune system in acute traumatic conditions.
It has been found to be useful in the following areas, but for more information have a look in the articles and research section:
Skin conditions: wounds, lacerations, hyaloma tick bite necrosis, hot-spots, abscesses, saddle sores, habronema, proud flesh, acral lick granulomas, bruising, otitis externa, pyoderma, pododermatitis, skin allergies, eczema, etc.
Musculoskeletal problems: Arthritis, tendonitis, myositis, ligament/tendon sprain/strains, bruising, fractures, neck and back pain, splints, overuse injuries, synovitis, edema, hematomas, muscle injuries, muscle spasms, trigger points, seromas, mastitis, etc.
Post-op: any area treated surgically, including skin grafts
Before a session, veterinary consent must be given. This can be done by either myself or the client. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Please ensure your horse is clean and dry prior to the session. It is uncomfortable for both the horse and therapist to treat under wet and muddy conditions, and may result in full payment without any treatment.
The first session includes a full consultation. During this time I will go over your horse's history, identify any problem areas and discuss what type of treatment will work best for your horse.
I do not recommend the horse is ridden until the day after a treatment. If you plan on riding, please do so before the session.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Location and radius
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Alice grew up around animals, with horses featuring prominently. After studying Politics at Newcastle, she decided it was time to return to her roots and work with horses once again. Currently studying for a BSc in Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, she is a knowledgable and competent horse handler and therapist.
Her main interests lie in myofascial release, with the use of kinesio taping to help the horse learn how to reuse their muscles in the right way post injury or pain related trauma. All horses can benefit from massage, and her approach is to subtly shift the body in a way that doesn't cause it undue stress. Sometimes, with more aggressive massage the horses body can become stressed and therefore undoes the positives of the treatment.