Massage is a hand’s on technique; it involves the manipulation of soft tissues. The amount of pressure used will stretch the tissues and drive the fluids, arterial, venous, and lymphatic in the direction of the movement. The increased fluid circulation has positive effects such as increased tissue oxygenation, good metabolism, carbon dioxide removal and blood pressure lowered.
Deep pressure when massaging helps to release endorphin’s, these help the brain to lower its feelings of pain. During a massage the tissue will soften and stretch which will help to relieve muscle tension.
Massage benefits and assists the following body systems of the equine:
Massase The circulatory system
The lymphatic system
The nervous system
The muscular system