BENEFITS OF SPORTS MASSAGE
Sports Massage Therapy is the application of long recognised professional massage techniques to promote good health and enhance performance. It’s one of the oldest and most effective forms of therapy pre and post competition, reducing the chances of injury and speeding up the healing process.
Mobilising joints and keeping them supple • Releasing muscles spasms and stress points which can be the sole cause of other problems • Increasing the horse’s range of movement and suppleness, reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury • Improving co-ordination, balance and jumping ability • Reducing crookedness and helping to develop muscles more evenly • Preventing muscles shortening which occurs after muscle injury • Removing scar tissue from the muscle • Preventing muscle wastage after injury • Reducing built-up tension in the muscles
MASSAGE ALSO BENEFITS THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
• Improve muscle tone • Improve recovery time from workouts • Increase flexibility • Aid in the recovery from injury and reduce the chance for future injury • Support the immune system • Stimulate the motor nerves • Deliver relief from restlessness and sleep disturbance • Improve proprioception (body awareness) • Calm nervous horses or horses in unfamiliar surroundings and/or stressful conditions. • Reduce pain by the release of endorphins (endorphins are also known to elevate the mood)
There are many other benefits of sports massage, as well as those to the respiratory, digestive, urinary, lymphatic and physiological systems. Please contact us for more information.