Generally before treatment is started, it is important to discuss the reasons for massage and the goals of the owner/trainer and therapist. It’s important to Anna that your expectations can be met and that you are not disappointed following a massage. Even though the results are usually very good, as with any modality, there are some limitations. Every horse does react differently to a massage, most love them immediately, some need time to get used to the feeling. The results also do vary depending on the issues and each individual horse.
A typical treatment lasts 1 – 1 1/2 hours, is fully customized to each horse after taking a thorough case history and includes:
– A full body Swedish Massage
Use of Specialized Massage Techniques including Trigger point, Swelling, Origin & Insertion, etc.
– Range of Motion Exercises and/or Stretches appropriate for the horse
– Hydrotherapy – most commonly a hot compress for chronic conditions or ice massage for acute conditions including muscle spasms and swelling
– Recommendations for homecare. These may include stretches, hydrotherapy and under saddle exercises
For your first treatment please be prepared to have the horse seen in motion, unless it’s not advised due to injury. This may include showing the horse in hand, on the lunge, or under saddle (in cases where a certain resistance or stiffness is only felt during certain movements/transitions/etc.)
Equine Massage Therapy is not a replacement for regular veterinary care. If your horse is lame please contact a veterinarian first to diagnose the injury. There are many injuries where massage can assist with the rehabilitative process, but it is imperative that the massage therapist be in contact with the attending vet and receive their permission before treatment may begin.