- Passive joint mobilization
The muscle, fascial and nervous system, as well as articular structures of locomotor system can contribute to restriction of movement, pain and functional loss. The purpose of manual therapy is to prevent and treat adaptation of muscle and connective tissue that impede the performance of movement.
My horse is stiff – he doesn’t want to go forward, his stride is shortened, he doesn’t move equally to each side, he is not flexible enough…Does that sound familiar? Horses, just like humans, suffer from muscle pain, myofascial tension and many other conditions that affect their movement and posture, and in consequence – their overall performance and well-being.
Manual therapy is a great tool to restore functionality of body systems that need to work together as one in order to make an animal able to perform on his top capacity level.
The technique is using a specific pressure, movement, vibration by a hand or a mechanical tool that results in response from soft body tissues, such as muscles, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons and lymphatic vessels, as well as the joints, and in the end leads to pain/tension release, relaxation and general comfort.
The main advantages of using a manual therapy:
- It “repairs” specific problems of different body systems
- It maintains a proper muscle and fascia condition
- It prevents potential future problems/injuries related to the locomotor system
General outcome of frequent use of a manual therapy:
- Improved performance
- Improved range of motion
- Release of a myofascial pain and tension
- Brings a relief after exercise
- Increase in blood circulation, and thus transporting nutrients and oxygen through the circulatory system
In my daily work I use various techniques of massage:
- Sports massage
- Relaxing massage
- Fascial manual therapy (fascial manipulation)
- Lymphatic drainage
All of these techniques influence:
- Musculatory system
- Circulatory system
- Lymphatic system
- Nervous system
- The dermis