Equine Muscle Matters
Equine Muscle Matters uses static and dynamic observations and palpation to identify areas that require further investigation or treatment. A combination of equine bodywork/massage, photonic red light therapy, kinesiology taping and stretching is used to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline.
Our aim is to work with your team (vets, owners, riders, coaches, saddle fitters and other musculoskeletal therapists) in order to provide the best whole body treatment tailored for your horse.
Equine bodywork/massage can achieve a number of benefits. Relaxation techniques, and sports massage techniques including trigger point therapy, cross fibre friction and deep tissue work can be used to relax the horse, soften muscles, improve circulation, relieve muscle spasms, reduce pain, maintain healthy muscle tone, increase range of motion, reduce risk of injury and enhance gait and performance.
Photonic red light therapy
Photonic Red Light Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to promote the healing of the muscles of the horse and improve circulation, reduce pain and inflammation. The red light torch is used on areas of soreness or specific acupoints to stimulate the body’s own healing abilities. This type of therapy is likened to acupuncture without needles.
Kinesiology taping has become a mainstream modality used by professional human athletes and health-care professionals. More recently it has been used in horses and others animals, and is showing great results! Kinesiology tape can be applied in a number of ways to provide long lasting results and changes to the horse including relaxing or activating muscles, providing additional support to ligaments, tendons and joints, reducing swelling and increasing circulation.
Stretching increases muscle flexibility and joint range of motion, as well as building core strength and improving coordination. Stretching is an important part of exercise and rehabilitation programs.
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE FOR RIDERS
Horse riders often suffer pain and restricted range of motion, however it doesn’t have to be like this! Therapeutic massage can relax the body, soften muscles, improve circulation, relieve muscle spasms, reduce pain, maintain healthy muscle tone, increase range of motion, reduce risk of injury and enhance athletic performance. Not only can regular massage benefit yourself, it can also have a positive effect on your horse and their performance!
Christine Thompson (owner of Equine Muscle Matters) has extensive experience working with horses, including roles in Australia and the UK as a sport development officer for an equestrian organisation, riding coach, equine instructor/assessor at an agricultural college, equine course manager/lecturer at a university, and education officer for the RSPCA. Having owned horses for many years, Christine understands the requirements of multiple disciplines within equestrian sport, fitness and training schedules and the importance of maintaining your horses peak physical and mental condition whether you are riding for pleasure or at an elite level.
Christine's qualifications/affiliations include:
- BSc (hons) Equine Science
- Post Graduate Certificate Equine Science
- Equinology Equine Body Worker
- Certified Equitape practitioner
- Member of the Equine Therapies Association of Australia
- British Horse Society BHSAI
- Cert 4 in Training & Assessment
- Certificate in Photonic Red Light Therapy (currently in progress)
- Certificate in Whole Body Relaxation Massage
Equine Bodywork (initial session) $100
Duration 1.5 hours. One off visit to assess and treat your horse. A combination if equine bodywork/massage, photonic red light therapy, kinesiology taping and stretching is used to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline
Equine Bodywork (follow up sessions) $85
Duration 1 hour. Ongoing maintenance treatments to keep your horse soft, supple and comfortable. A combination if equine bodywork/massage, photonic red light therapy, kinesiology taping and stretching is used to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE FOR RIDERS ($20 or $75)
Duration 15 minutes ($20) or 1 hour ($75). Seated therapeutic massage (15 mins) to release tension in the neck and shoulders. This is a common area of tension in riders, that results in tension in the shoulders and arms which can be transmitted through to the horse.
The whole body therapeutic massage (1 hour) relaxes the body and releases areas of tension or pain. Imbalances and tension in the rider can have an impact on our riding and also effect the horses balance and performance.
Travel fees may be applied for visits more than 45km away (based on distance from Greenbank State School)
Contact Christine Thompson
Mobile: 0404 952 036
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