Equine Sports Massage
Trigger point Massage has been around a long time, the horse is an athlete, and should be treated as such, even if they are just a simple trail horse – some of those work harder than show horses do, packing people around on steep hills and slippery slopes. In the interest of keeping your equine partner going and sound well into their old age, body work combined with good nutrition can enhance the quality of life your horse experiences.
Definition of a TRIGGER POINT:
A combination of lactic acid build up and motor nerve ending irritation.
When you address the soreness in these places, it releases the lactic acid and also addresses the nerve irritation, which will cause the nerve to fire and release muscle tension anywhere that nerve runs. That is why this technique is so helpful for relieving pain, and it has long lasting effects. Done in conjunction with structural alignment, it is a tremendously powerful treatment for pain relief and the cramps caused by muscles spasms.
A typical Balancing session...
The 1-hour session begins with an assessment of the client's physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
The physical assessment takes into consideration structural balance, system function, and internal organ function.
Applied Kinesiology is used to locate and correct imbalances in these areas using a variety of healing tools..
Tools used may include massage, gentle structural alignment, energy work, diet change, and in some cases, we will also assess saddle fit. Stretching to increase the range of motion in both joints and muscles.
Tendon: Connective tissue linking muscel to bone.
Ligament: Connective tissue linking bone to bone.
Spasm: Violent contraction of the muscle due to overload,
the muscle is unable to release.
Stress Point: Small spasm in the muscle fibre.
Scar Tissue: Collagen fibers sent to heal an injury site (nature’s glue)
except they don’t have the elasticity of normal tissue.
This is because they grow in an irregular pattern, somewhat
like a spider’s web, instead of neat rows like the original
Lesions: Smaller areas of scar tissue, also called knots.
PROPRIOCEPTION OR SPACIAL AWARENESS.
The proprioceptors are located in ligaments, tendons, muscles and joints. They provide information to adjust posture and movement. For example; if your horse steps into a hole, the leg is quickly retracted. When after an injury, proprioception is modified by new sensations of pain and lameness, the body reorganizes itself to cope with these new biomechanical messages.
A distortion of proprioception, or body awareness, can result from head trauma to the young horse, and if undetected, affect him for life. Many times horses that are spaced out and very skittish have been dropped on their heads during birth.