Equine Massage:The use of massage in the treatment of horses.
There are situations where massage is not recommended, for example where there is acute inflammation of the skin, soft tissue and joints, where bones have been fractured, where circulatory disorders persist, where there is the presence or danger of haemorrhage or tumours and in the event of sprains.
However, veterinary surgeons are divided as to the efficacy of claims made by massage practitioners.
There is a body of opinion that says that prospective students of equine massage should qualify in human massage as an entry requirement. Indeed this is the case in Holland where a two year course in human massage is a pre-requisite to undertaking training in horse massage.
In the less regulated US, many equine massage courses last 5 days or less which is little time to acquire an in-depth knowledge of physiology and anatomy which would be desirable prior to obtaining certification as a specialist in horse massage.
Undoubtedly, the field of human massage has been much better researched and the widespread use of massage as an integral part of the training program of professional athletes is sufficient evidence for many that their competitive horses would also benefit from this form of therapy.
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