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Deep muscle massage therapy for horses

   Deep muscle massage therapy for horses  

It is impossible to adequately describe Ray Bové's deep muscle massage therapies,  manipulations and overall approach to the relief of equine stress.

"I suppose I've always had a certain knack with horses. They simply trust me and I can use that trust to their benefit", says Ray. "But there's no substitute for on the job experience and after treating over 3,500 horses I usually have an instinctive feel for what is ailing a particular animal. This vast amount of "hands on" experience gives me a high degree of confidence.  Somehow the horses just know that and respond well to my treatments.

All horses enjoy massaging of the forelimb.

All horses enjoy massaging of the forelimb. It’s the most enjoyable part of their treatment for all horses. Lots of massage techniques can be used here... horses just love it!

 

Knee flexion test.

Knee flexion test. This horse is undergoing a normal check over looking for any weakness in the knee joint.

 

Preparing "Pasta Express" for Caulfield & Melbourne Cups.

Preparing "Pasta Express" for Caulfield & Melbourne Cups.

After Raymond Bové augmented his innate horse handling skills with studies in equine anatomy, physiology, and deep muscle therapies, he gradually found himself in increasing demand as an equine therapist who got results.

Inspecting horse's mouth.

Inspecting horse's mouth. Another method for checking blood circulation is a CRTT (Capillary Refill Test Time)

 

Uppermost deepest muscle over the shoulder blade.

Uppermost deepest muscle over the shoulder blade. The supraspinatus muscle, nearing the lower end of the muscle where it turns into tendon. Horses love having theses deeper muscles massaged with a cross-fibre friction.

 It became clear to Ray's clients that there was always an improvement in both the physical and mental condition of their horses after Ray's treatments and this usually had the additional benefit of better results in competition.

Back adjustments must have deep muscle therapy first.

Back adjustments must have deep muscle therapy first.

Ray has now treated over 3,500 horses but in his own words, "I never stop learning. Hardly a week goes by without me achieving some major new insight into how I can improve my success rate or get the same results faster."

Lateral stretches after working deep muscle tissue increases blood flow and improves flexibility for neck, foreleg and shoulder.

Lateral stretches after working deep muscle tissue increases blood flow and improves flexibility for neck, foreleg and shoulder.

 

Releasing the girth

Releasing the girth. This will do a combination of three things at once. At the deepest point it lets some pressure off the adjacent ribs. It also provides the triceps with more flexibility. It also lets the ascending pectoral muscle go.

Muscles shorten under pressure and this has the effect of putting more force on tendons and ligaments. A typical muscular problem involves inability or reluctance to flex the neck. Another problem one often sees is tension in the neck muscles and their attachment to the skull. This adversely effects movement of the forelegs and shoulders.  Both of these conditions have a detrimental effect on blood circulation.

A horse in training or competition has enormous scope for soreness, injury or muscular stress

A horse in training or competition has enormous scope for soreness, injury or muscular stress. Ray Bove has special skills for finding and fixing these problems at source.

When Raymond Bové treats a horse he deals primarily with muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Furthermore, any successful release or relief of stress or injury will automatically improve blood circulation. This can enhance the operation of other areas such as the digestive and immune systems.

Sliding thumb frictions are a quite useful adjunct to therapy

Sliding thumb frictions are a quite useful adjunct to therapy

 

This is a great stretch which all horses love

All stretches are done at end of treatment. This is a great stretch which all horses love, and show the same reaction.  The shoulder joint lets go, and stretches all the forearm muscles and tendons and ligaments of the lower leg.

Many a horse will present with a sore back. However the animal will often be locked up in the girth or between the ribs, or have a back end problem. Ray is an expert at such diagnosis and with subsequent treatment by deep tissue remedial massage.

When asked to summarize his techniques Ray simply says, "well, equine deep muscle therapy is a fantastic remedial treatment for horses. The animals seem to love it and it also gives me the results my clients demand."

 

 

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