Equine bodywork increases performance by decreasing muscle tension and spasm, allowing the muscle/tendon unit to function at it's full range of motion.
Healthy and elastic muscles are less prone to injury, and recover faster after performance.
Utilizing bodywork therapy in addition as part of your horse’s maintenance program can prevent injuries by identifying underlying issues before they impact performance.
Bodywork can increase the benefits of your horse's chiropractic treatment, and compliment your training.
Increase range of motion
Decrease tension and flight response
Support health of soft tissue during training
Tracey Howarth is a highly accomplished Equine Bodyworker specializing in a diverse range of techniques to support the well-being of horses. Her expertise includes massage therapy, myofascial release, stretching exercises, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy (PEMF), Kinesio Taping, and fascial conditioning, all tailored to meet the individual needs of each horse.
Tracey's ability to alleviate muscle tension, enhance mobility, and improve overall health and performance is truly exceptional. Her holistic approach not only benefits the physical aspects of the horse but also fosters trust and cooperation between horse and handler.
Her work is a testament to her unwavering passion for promoting the welfare of these magnificent animals, making her an invaluable asset to equestrians and horse enthusiasts.
PEMF therapy is extremely beneficial for horses.
PEMF therapy applies an electromagnetic field to alter the cell membrane to increase its ability to exchange nutrients and cellular waste products. This action is like a battery charger for your cells, and it can help your body heal naturally. PEMF has been shown to significantly increase circulation, which is a known factor in improving overall health.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES IT TREAT?
A lot of research is still being conducted on Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy and its effects on various aches, pains, and conditions.
PEMF IS INCLUDED IN BODYWORK SESSION
Increased range of motion
Decreased muscle tension
Supportive in healing tendons and ligaments
Sedative and relaxing to anxious horses
Assists in healing hoof
Assists wound healing and post-surgical recovery
EQUINE INITIAL TREATMENT
During your horse's first treatment, Tracey will take a detailed health history on your horse. She will ask to see the horse move (in hand or on lunge) to complete a gait analysis. This is usually done without tack, however if there is lameness that is only apparent under saddle, she may ask for the horse to be ridden.
Following the gait analysis, a posture analysis will be completed, to assess how the horse stands at rest. A full body treatment will be performed, focusing on areas of increased tension noted on palpation, or during gait / posture analysis. Tracey will use a variety of techniques including deep tissue massage, stretching, acupressure point therapy, trigger point and hydrotherapy and PEMF therapy
At the conclusion of the session, Tracey will recommend remedial exercises for your horse, to complement the therapy, and accelerate his healing.
Treatment notes can be provided.
Saddle assessment plays a pivotal role in ensuring the overall health and comfort of a horse. By carefully evaluating the saddle's fit, professionals can prevent potential injuries and discomfort to the horse. This process is not only about the saddle's physical fit but also the ergonomic alignment it provides, which influences how well the horse can move, its muscle development, and its general well-being. Additionally, it addresses the integrity of the saddle, making sure it's in good condition and free of any structural issues that could create postural and muscle development issues. Saddle assessment is integral for establishing an effective and harmonious partnership between horse and rider.
Rib Entrapment Therapy tm
Rib Entrapment Therapy (developed and taught by Christy Dicolla ) addressed the issue that both riders and bodyworkers have been struggling with.
*Symmetry, and long lasting benefits of bodywork sessions.
Why does my horse seem crooked?
Why is he heavy on one rein?
Why is the saddle hard to fit?
Why is does my horse step short with one foot?
Using rib entrapment therapy, and myofascial conditioning, we can “reset” the rib cage to a more neutral alignment, allowing the body to move in more symmetrically.
Neuro Fascial Conditioning
Neuro Fascial conditioning is a multifaceted approach to optimizing the body's mobility, flexibility, and posture, with applications extending to both human and equine care. By zeroing in on the fascia, which is the connective tissue enveloping muscles, this method integrates a variety of techniques, including stretching, myofascial release, and targeted movement exercises. Its primary goal is to enhance the pliability and resilience of the fascia, leading to reduced restrictions, alleviation of pain, and an overall boost in physical performance. In the equine world, fascial conditioning is increasingly acknowledged for its role in preventing injuries and promoting better posture among horses. It is pivotal in supporting their well-being and optimizing their performance.
The use of Kinsio Taping, or K tape in human athletes has been a popular to accelerate healing and decreasing pain for many years now.
The same benefits have been found in horses.
Tracey uses taping to prolong the benefits of treatment, and support and retrain the nervous system.
Monday - Friday
9am - 8pm