As medicine advances there are more of us who are leaning away from traditional medicine and more towards a holistic approach to treating injuries and stress in horses. While traditional medicine has its place in treatment more and more owners are moving towards remedial therapy to assist the well being of their horses. It is important to note that traditional and remedial methods can be very complimentary. Always be open and communicative with your horses care providers in the treatment your horse is undertaking to ensure that everything is productive towards a positive outcome.
Definition of Remedial
So what is remedial therapy in relation to horses? Remedial therapy encompasses massage,ultrasound, laser and pulse treatment and even acupuncture to name a few. Like humans, horses are no different in the way that sometimes they need more than traditional medicine. They may be recovering from an illness or disease, have injuries from work or competing or sometimes just need an extra little therapy to help keep their condition in peak form. We’ve outlined a few of the types of remedial massage below so you can check out if it’s something that your horse could benefit from.
Equissage aka massage
Horses are very sensitive and tactile creatures. The hardest part for them is their inability to speak and help communicate to their owners where there is pain or inflammation. Seeking a certified equine massage therapist out will make it easier for you and your horse. After discussing any illness,lameness or injuries your horse has they can then go through and assist diagnosing areas of concern that need addressing.Some of the benefits of equine massage are that they increase oxygen and blood flow to the system which encourages and aides the immune system. It provides both a relaxing and stress reducing treatment which can also assist anxiety as well as injury. Massage increases movement and mobility which will greatly assist a horse recovering from an illness as well as giving senior horses a little more comfort as they age.
Long wave and shortwave ultrasound has the ability to pass through metal and bone to assist instimulating the muscle and promote healing. It reduces swelling, decreases spams in muscle andincreases the blood supply to the system which promotes healing. Ultrasound therapy can be usedsoon after injury and is non-invasive for your horse. This makes it a fast and effective treatment.Several treatments of ultrasound therapy will start to show improvement in your horse’s mobility.
Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese method of inserting specialized needles into certain parts of the body to stimulate and activate energy which in turn promotes health and well being. Within equine therapy acupuncture can not only be used for healing but also as a preventative measure for stress and anxiety. Acupuncture can alleviate muscle pain and discomfort, assist in the healing of sca rtissue, assist in chronic pain management and relieve stress and anxiety. When used is conjunction with other remedial therapies it is a very effective and non-invasive form of therapy.
It is quite clear from the types of therapies above that they are more than anything non-invasive and all about being a positive and reinforcing method of treatment. Quite often when recovering from an injury or illness humans can start to feel withdrawn and depressed when they are removed from activity for recovery. Horses are no different. By utilizing remedial therapy methods you can allow your horse the contact and stimulation they require in a calm and responsive manner. This will not only assist them in healing physically but also in keeping a positive mindset which will encourage them to progress.
If you would like to become certified and learn more on Equine Remedial Therapies then let your fingers do the walking and google some of your local ones. Inquire if you can tag along and check them out practicing to give you a better idea if it is something you would like to delve deeper into.Most equine therapists find a great level of satisfaction in being able to assist and heal their patients.
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