How does massage work?

 

Simple touch promotes a cascade of positive physiological, chemical, and psychological change to benefit the whole horse.  Superficial techniques influence nerve endings to interrupt muscle spasm and the transmission of pain impulses, and can selectively sedate or invigorate.  Deeper strokes stimulate circulation to oxygenate blood, hydrate muscles, lubricate joints, and support lymphatic drainage.  Targeted work releases adhesions and remodels irregular muscle fibers to restore mobility.  Massage ensures optimal comfort in and freedom of movement, maximum muscular efficiency, reduced recovery time after injury, and a musculoskeletal system prepared to bring horse and rider to their highest athletic potential.