Equine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapy (EMFT- Equine Bodywork), literally means making changes in the muscles to achieve proper function. EMFT focuses on equine athletes, allowing them to perform optimally and reduce the chance of injury by maximizing the range of motion and decreasing muscular restrictions. Horse athletes are often asked to perform manoeuvres that can cause repetitive stress injuries. Like human athletes, they can benefit from maintenance bodywork as well as recovery treatments. EMFT uses techniques which include Swedish massage (Equine Sports Massage), Shiatsu, Myofascial Release, Red Light therapy, cold laser therapy, Trigger Point Therapy and Gua Sha, which can further improve the horse's function and ability to perform at an optimal level. This unique hands-on system (bodywork) addresses the whole body, using specific manual palpation methods to assess soft tissue and symmetry of muscle and structure. Different bodywork techniques including sports massage, soft tissue mobilisation, stretching, range of motion and positioning exercises as well as “focal” point work (stress and trigger points), these are combined to provide optimal support for horses working in every discipline. Equine bodywork aids recovery, reduces swelling within the soft tissues, allowing the horses’ systems to work together more effectively and efficiently, which creates a happier and healthier horse with improved performance.
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