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CONTRA-INDICATIONS TO MASSAGING YOUR HORSE
The term contraindication is used to describe specific situations in which you should not massage a horse and in which you should seek the advice of your veterinarian.
Massage is absolutely contraindicated in the following conditions, since it would contribute to their spread:
Be careful when dealing with what appears to be an abnormal situation. If in doubt, contact a veterinarian. Otherwise, use massage cautiously. When massage is contraindicated, the laying on of hands will often bring soothing energy to an irritated area, relieving the pain. Hydrotherapy modalities can also contribute to relieve the inflammation and pain considerably, assisting recovery and definitively comforting your animal. Please visit our extensive video library to select your visual guidance in all these modalities.
Knowing how to safely approach an animal for massage is part of the secret to success. Your patience, perseverance, good humor, kindness, knowledge, and skills will reduce the psychological and physical barriers between the horse and you, leading to better communication with the animal.
Understanding how to properly approach your horse for massage will secure best results. Recognizing the different contra-indications will allow you to better care for your horse. This overall knowledge will give you confidence in your daily application of your personalized home care program. Consider reading the article on the Do’s and Don’ts of home care practice to maximize your efficiency.
I hope you enjoyed this article and found the information useful. My goal is help you provide quality home care for the benefit of your animal.
Please visit our FREE library. Our many articles address important aspects of animal wellness and fitness. Take the time to scroll through our free library to find out how you can actively contribute to your horse’s wellness.
Animal Awareness also offers a large video library with over a 100 mini-videos that will show you how to easily perform the various massage and stretching techniques talked about in this article, and more. These videos offer you the correct start and visual guidance. With this knowledge, you will be able to develop a good home care program for the benefit of your animal friend. He will love you for it.
Enjoy your new Awareness!
Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, LMT
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