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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.


What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Originating in China some 3,500 years ago.
The theory behind acupuncture’s ability to treat pain and disease is based on how Qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through the body on specific pathwayscalled meridians or channels.
These pathways are related to the organs, the muscular and nervous systems and their specific internal functions.

What is involved during a treatment?

Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of very fine single use needles into specific points on the animals body to​ ​stimulate and encourage the flow of Qi (energy).
If there is a deficiency or imbalance in the flow of the body’s energy, then pain or illness results.
Acupuncture provides drug-free pain relief and effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments.
Acupuncture is a gentle therapy that encourages the body’s natural healing process.

Will the needles hurt my pet?

The needles used are very fine needles and generally will not be felt. Some areas may be more sensitive, however these points will only be used if it is felt by the practitioner that your pet will tolerate them.

How many treatments are needed?

Each animal is treated individually and this will determine the overall treatment plan. Some conditions may only require one treatment,where others may require more. This is discussed at initial treatment.

What can acupuncture be used for?

Acupuncture treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms. Linking body, mind and emotions acupuncture assists the body in prevention against disease and illness as well as maintenance of general well being.
To determine a treatment plan for your pet, a holistic and thorough approach is taken with a series of questions that will review all bodily functions to determine where the body is out of balance.

Please see the following list that outlines some of the conditions that may see benefit from acupuncture.

Conditions / Disorders on body systems that benefit from acupuncture treatments;

*Neurological conditions such as, stroke,some forms of deafness, some forms of paralysis and many more.

* Cardiovascular disorders including blood disorders and heart issues

* Respiratory condition s such as cough due to allergies and illness

* Digestive system disorders such as toothache, gastric ulcers, colic and weight control.

* Urogenital disorders such as urinary retention, kidney disorders, bladder dysfunction

* Reproductive disorders such as irregular heat cycles, hormonal disturbances and difficulty with conception

* Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dryskin.

* Eye conditions such as visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes and conjunctivitis.

* Musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis and post surgery recovery.

* Sporting injuries such as cartilage problems, tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.

* Psychological conditions such as depression, emotional disturbances, anxiety and nervousness.

The above list of conditions are just some that are treatable with acupuncture, but there are so many more. Please contact In Balance ANimal Therapies for more information regarding your pet’s conditions or symptoms.