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What is Equine Myofunctional Therapy?
Equine Myofunctional Therapy (EMT) is a combination of tactile massage techniques applied across the entire skeletomuscular systems.
 
What will happen on the day?​​
EMT is applied using the therapist’s hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the horse’s body.   A typical treatment involves a detailed history taken, a gait analysis, a visual observation, a tactile observation followed by the treatment itself, which is tailored to the horse. Just like people every horse is an individual and has their own personality and should always be taken into consideration. ​
 
How long will a treatment take?
Most treatment take approximately 60 minutes, however as I will tailor the treatment for each horse individually the treatment could be 45 to 90 minutes.
It is important to work with the horse. They need to accept the treatment and their therapist.

​​​​What are the Therapeutic effects of EMT?

It is important to consider and understand how the treatment of EMT will benefit the horse and to know how their body responds to massage. The therapeutic benefits of equine Myofunctional therapy include;

  • Relaxation
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Boosts the immune systems
  • Increased proprioception or spatial awareness
  • Relieving adhesive and tight muscles

As well as the numerous physiological benefits of EMT, equine massage will improve;

  • circulation
  • muscle tone
  • recovery time post exercise
  • increase flexibility
  • supports the immune system
  • supports the reproductive system
assists with recovery and healing post injury and contributes to the prevention of further injury.

​Is massage ever a bad idea?

​There are many reasons where massage should not be applied at all unless clearance from your veterinarian is given. Some of these can include;

  • ​Medications
  • Infections
  • Skin conditions
  • Wounds
  • Fractures
  • Malignancies

​These are just a few reasons massage should be avoided. The amazing effects massage has on the equine body makes it VERY important that you let me know of any of the above or other issues you are aware of  before treatment.