Welcome to
Healthy Horse
Massage and Grooming

Julie A. McCarthy 

Certified Equine Massage Therapist

Why Massage?

Preventive Care

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A massage can have a positive effect, before or after an training/performance, but a maintenance massage can also aid in period of lesser training, f.e. during winter of a recovery.

Prevent Injury

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During the massage, the muscles are stimulated and the blood circulation increases. When combined with a stretching program, it will help the circulation even more and the basic metabolism will be activated.

Healing

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During a regular massage, you can often feel the tightened muscles and the horse will indicate the areas of preference and dislike. Catching these signals in an early state can prevent injuries from happening.

Deep Tissue and Therapy

Benefits of Massage

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  • Decrease of muscle cramps
  • Warming-up the muscles before a training
  • Removal of muscle knots and adhesions.
  • Relaxation
  • Keeping the horses’ body in a better condition.
  • Early indication of pain points, wear and latent injuries.
  • Release of endorphins
  • Increase of the production of synovia fluid, which greases the joints.
  • Increase of movement and willingness to work
  • Helps in a correct usage of the horses’ body

Acupointer Pen Handheld TENS Device

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The acupointer pen is is a handheld TENS unit to automatically trigger muscle contractions. Which leads to pain reduction, stimulates acupoints to unblock QI flow. Works the same way as acupuncture needles. Low voltage therapy is helpful in reducing free radicals in the blood and tissue around the muscles. 
A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a battery-operated device that some people use to treat pain. ... The same electrical impulses also stimulate the body to produce natural pain relievers called endorphins.

Red Light Therapy

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Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. 

The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.