Bill Stevens has used this gentle method of muscle treatment in horses for over 14 years and holds a full Certificate of "Equine Muscle Therapy".
He specialises in all kinds of equine massage - including deep tissue and relaxation massage. He treats all types of injuries, including sporting injuries, in horses of all ages and types, including racehorses.
Based in Ancona, near Mansfield, his reputation and clientele are widespread, travelling all over the state and beyond the border to Tamworth.
For centuries, equestrians have recognised and used horse massage for enhancing their horse's health and performance. As muscles make up approximately 60% of a horse’s body weight, and are responsible for movement and healthy functioning of the body, it is very important to the horse’s physical and emotional well-being (as well as those of the rider!) that its muscles are in top condition.
After an initial assessment of the horse, Bill uses the most appropriate aspect of muscle therapy so that the horse will gain maximum benefit.
Massage benefits horses by:
* increasing circulation and muscle function
* increasing immunity, due to enhanced circulation and lymphatic involvement
* increasing nutrient uptake
* assisting the detoxification process
* improving range of motion
* decreasing the risk of injury to superficial muscles
* enhancing performance
As well, massage assists in the recuperation of damaged muscle fibres after an injury possibly caused by:
* a direct blow
* overuse or repetition of movement
* over stretching, leading to a tear
* cooling down too quickly
* faulty confirmation / posture
* structure imbalance
* poor nutrition
* incorrect preparation
* ill-fitting saddle
* bad riding
* tight or restrictive bandages
or other means.
A horse does not have to be injured to benefit from massage. It can also be helpful where a horse may have a change of behaviour, develop an annoying habit, resist a command or display general signs of soreness.
Equine Muscle Therapy is an important part of a horse's general care programme.