Massage Therapy Appointments
Equine Massage Therapy Appointments
Our Equine Massage Therapist has been trained to the highest standard. Working under the Sune Du Toit & Associates umbrella, our Massage & Equine Bodywork Specialist will undertake exactly the same pre-assessments and post-assessments as our Veterinary Physiotherapists, to ensure that every aspect of your horses movement, muscular mapping and their conformation is taken into consideration.
Massage Therapy is an excellent complementary treatment for horses alongside their regular physiotherapy appointments and can be very beneficial to the horse post-competition to relax those tired muscles and promote a sense of well-being.
Information is Key!
Forms! Just like Equine Physiotherapy, we like to have as much information as possible about your horse before we visit them. The type of information that we require covers the basic aspects of their daily lives such as, their turnout and stabling schedule, whether they prefer a certain direction, what exercises they struggle with and if there are any problems that you are encountering when riding or lunging them. As our Massage Therapist is working on the Sune Du Toit & Associates umbrella, please be assured that this information is kept confidential at all times and will not be shared with a 3rd party.
During your appointment, your clinician will do the following assessments before treatment and make notes. These assessments usually last around 20 minutes.
A dynamic assessment of the conformation & muscular mapping of the horse.
5m turns in both directions.
Walk & Trot up on a firm surface.
Lunge in walk, trot & canter, on both reins on a soft surface.
Occasionally additional assessments may be requested.
Again, just like Physiotherapy, a variety of treatments will be undertaken to ensure maximum benefit to your horse. These treatments can include stroking and kneading the horses' muscles, gentle tapping, rubbing or pounding. Often these massages look like vigorous but horses always seem to enjoy and appreciate a massage. Equine Massage is a much lighter form of muscular release and can be beneficial in helping muscle function and repair before and after competions. It is also a great complementary therapy for improving the circulation, helps with relaxation and gives a sense of well-being.
Sometimes our Massage Therapist may refer you on to our Physiotherapist if any abnormalities are found during the treatment. This is something that is quite common, so it is usually nothing to worry about. Following your appointment, you will be sent your horses notes with the findings that our massage therapist came across and you may also be given some exercises to do in the form of poles, stretches & baited stretches. Your clinician will have discussed any exercises during your appointment and offered a demonstration. Most importantly, if you have any questions, please do ask!