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
STANDARD APPOINTMENt $95
1 hour bodywork for maintenance treatments
Extended AppointmenT $125
1.5 hours for first time appointments or if more time is required to assess or massage your horse
Premium Appointment $150
2 hours includes 45 minute movement analysis & coaching session plus equine bodywork
Movement Analysis & Coaching Session $95
1 Hour of Movement Analysis & Coaching
Online Insights & Exercises Video Assessment $60
Online Movement Analysis & Coaching Session $95
Discounts available for multiple horses booked at the same venue or if you bring your horse to my property in Greenbank
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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