Horses and Muscle Pain
Horses mainly suffer from primary and secondary muscular pain. While primary muscular pain would required a diagnosis by your preferred vet, secondary muscular distress can be reduced by applying certain measures like muscular massage.
While secondary muscle pain is more common than primary, it can be frustrating to diagnose its exact cause . The multitude of contributing factors include, but are not limited to: poor fitness, dietary deficiencies, improper saddle fit, shoeing problems, or altered movement due to joint pain.(Source-Equine Wellness Magazine)
Treating secondary muscle pain includes finding the source of the problem and alleviating it. This can be followed by spinal manipulation/chiropractic, acupuncture, massage or muscle relaxants. Once the problem has been identified, treatment is critical to reduce pain and prevent its return.
Massage and Horse Riders
Massage plays a part in every form of sport or exercise. This is true for persons engaged in Equestrian sport too. Unfortunately, many people believe aches and pains are an inevitable consequence to activity. But massage can actually reduce or eliminate what may appear to be exercise-induced pain.
It can increase endurance, control fatigue and help people feel better when used as part of a regular health program. Massage can also speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation from waste. By helping reduce fatigue and aid recovery, massage enables more productive training, with longer, more effective workouts. The ultimate spin-offs are better performance with fewer injuries.
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