Equine Massage Therapy Techniques
Friction is one of the last movements you will
use in Equine Massage Therapy. The tissues
MUST be ready to accept friction to avoid
causing damage to the tissue.
Friction is often used to break up adhesions and
scar tissue. It can be used over muscles,
tendons, ligaments and fascial restrictions.
Friction is usually applied with thumbs, fingers,
or the heel of your hand. You can use small
circles, or an up-and-down, or back-and-forth
Friction is usually done in a firm manner to
break up the adhesions in the tissue.
Cross-Fiber Friction is applied across the horse's
muscle fibers instead of in the same direction of the
muscle. This helps to break up adhesions in the muscle
fibers or to break apart muscle fibers and help to realign
Do not apply friction to an injury that is less than 6 months
old. It is still in the healing process. You may even want to
consult with your veterinarian first to be sure the area is
ready for equine therapy.
With that said, you may use friction to break up adhesions in scar tissue to allow the tissue to return to normal
Do not use friction for more than a couple of minutes in any one area. And only if inflammation is not present.
Your horse will most likely become very irritated and sore.
Be sure to use effleurage to drain the area of toxins and waste products when you are finished applying friction.
Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
Consult your veterinarian for advice about any medical condition or
treatment needed for your horse