Massage increases circulation, therefore:

  • Relaxes muscle spasms and relieves tension
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Returns blood flow to the heart
  • Helps prevent or delay muscle atrophy from forced inactivity
  • Stimulates lymphatic circulation, hastening the elimination of wastes and toxic debris


Massage also:

  • Increases range of motion by stretching fascia (tissue which encloses and separates each muscle)
  • Prevents the formation of adhesions
  • Helps decrease inflammation, swelling in joints, and edema
  • Enhances performance and gait quality
  • Improves stamina
  • Reduces tactile defense
  • Assesses the physical condition
  • Provides comfort to muscle injuries
  • Engages parasympathetic nervous system which contributes to overall relaxation
  • Improves the disposition
  • Acts as a preventative measure because subtle tissue changes are noticed at an earlier stage.

Massage is used along with conventional and alternative health care as well as proper training techniques to enable you and your horse to perform at an optimum level. Massage is never a replacement for proper medical care.


National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

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