Massage therapy has been
utilized for its healing benefits for centuries. Archeologists have discovered
depictions of massage sessions in ancient civilizations including China, Egypt,
and Rome some dating back to BC 2330. In the first medical and veterinary
books, entire chapters were dedicated to massage work. With the invention of
modern day medicine this healing practice has become less relevant. With the
cost and side effects of some drugs on the rise, many have turned back to the
more holistic remedies to alleviate their aches and pains in themselves and
their equine friends.
Equine massage has been
shown to improve mobility, range of motion, and even performance. Like a human
massage, this practice causes the muscles to fill with oxygenated blood and improve
circulation. This speeds up the expelling of wastes and toxic buildup from
fatigued muscles. This increases the horse’s range of motion, flexibility, and
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