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Written by Els Smet
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The effect of massage on the hindlimb muscles.

Although massage is commonly used in physiotherapy, little research has been done on the effectiveness of massage on horses. Massage aims to increase soft tissue length and decrease the muscle tone.

The results show a significant increase in both passive and active hindlimb protraction after massage. This shows that massage of the hindlimb increases and helps with hindlimb protraction.

Expert opinion by Els Smet

Massage may be a valuable addition to the treatment of horses with locomotion problems. It is also thought to improve the mindset of competition horses.

> From: Hill, Equine Vet J 42 (2010) 683-687. All rights reserved to EVJ Ltd. Click here for the online summary.

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