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Any musculoskeletal problem or injury can affect the entire body, often leading to skeletal misalignments, muscle spasm, pain and discomfort which will subsequently affect performance.
McTimoney manipulation will aid in your horses recovery, increasing their comfort and maximising their performance.
Minor issues are usually resolved within 2 or 3 initial treatments whereas more specific problems may require several sessions spread over a few months. Following this, maintenance checks are recommended every 3-6 months depending on the animal’s lifestyle, workload and competition schedule.
How do I know if my horse needs a treatment?
Symptoms to look out for:
- Behavioural changes
- Unexplained loss of performance
- Bucking, rearing, napping, unexplained resistance
- Stiffness on one rein
- Resistance of grooming or tacking up
- Asymmetrical muscle tone, uneven muscle development
- Carrying the tail to one side
- Cold backed
Common causes of problems:
- Trauma, fall, road traffic accident
- Conformational compensations
- Compensations from other injuries
- Unbalanced riders
- Getting cast
- Poorly fitting tack or rugs
- Sharp teeth
- Inappropriate work intensity
Sports Massage Therapy and Kinesiology taping are a great follow up to a McTimoney treatment.
Sports Massage Therapy is the application of Swedish massage techniques to promote good health and enhance performance. Equine massage is beneficial pre and post competition by increasing flexibility, reducing stiffness and helping to reduce the chances of injury.
Kinesiology taping treatments use Equi-Tape which is a latex-free, elastic cotton, two-way-stretch tape technology containing advanced adhesive properties for ease of application and removal. Equi-tape does not compress the tissue, unlike other types of tapes and taping methods. Its design characteristics and associated application techniques decompress tissues thereby allowing for increased circulation and decreased pressure on pain receptors.