Looking to Behaviour to find Discomfort
Current research shows that we should be looking to what was once classed as an unwanted or naughty behaviour such as bucking, rearing, napping, reluctance to go forwards or even abnormal or stereotypical behaviour as a way of communication from the horse. It’s down to us to listen to them and understand that they could be doing such things due to being in discomfort or pain and this may or may not be when ridden. If we do not listen to the horse sooner rather than later it can create a multitude of issues which when left untreated can cause problems such as compensatory locomotion, lameness or even stress to other muscles in the body when they work harder to support the initial injured area.
The services are unique to the individual horse and rider dependent on the service requested
Identifying areas of concern with a thorough investigation of the horse including static phase, dynamic phase and ridden where applicable. Addressing any issues such as asymmetry and/or crookedness with massage is ideal to treat injuries as well as being used as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle anpecific requirements.
Equine Myofascial Ball Technique (EMBT)
It really is fascinating and it gets bounded about in conversations and we see the odd post, but when you delve into what fascia is and what it does we can really start to open a whole new world in supporting our horses. A lot of issues I find with my clients horse come from facial pain and Myofascial restriction.
I developed the Equine Myofascial Ball Technique (EMBT) to work as a passive and active therapy. So it could be tailored to the individual horse and it’s current condition whether it be sound and working well or in rehabilitation. EMBT has produced some fantastic outcomes creating greater performance and recovery rates with longer lasting results. This technique has taken years of research on myofascia and countless case study’s to get the combination of techniques for optimal performance.
Myofascia is one of the most amazing keys we can use to unlock movement and help aid in the management of pain. A tool used within human athletes and now developed and tailored to the horse is the Myofascial ball. The balls in different shapes and size allow for extra depth, stretch and control over the fascia.
Using the balls alongside a routine of specific developed release techniques allow for complex areas to be addressed with ease. Fantastic for both maintenance and rehabilitative therapy, the balls open up a new avenue in therapy.
This level 3 course, accredited with UK Rural Skills (UKRS) and delivered by an industry expert, is for Equine Massage Therapists to enhance their myofascial release application. A fabulous addition to the ‘tool kit’. It is also available, as a condensed version for horse owners who can use some of the techniques as aftercare to prolong the therapeutic benefits to their horses. Also, to use between therapy appointments with a professional. A pack of the myofascial release balls will be provided at the training.
This full day course accounts for 6 hours Continual Professional Development (CPD) for Equine Therapists.
Pre requisites for this training:
Equine Massage Therapists who have completed, as a minimum, a level 4 training course and are practicing as Equine Massage Therapists.
Horse owners who have owned a horse for 2 years or more and who can demonstrate that they receive regular therapy on their horse.
Equine Massage Therapists £150
Horse Owners £120
Please contact Karen direct for dates and venues and to complete a short enrolment form.
Tel: 07432 633506