Welcome to Equiflexion
Equine Sports Massage Therapy (ESMT)
Equine Musculo-Skeletal Manipulation Therapy (EMSMT)
Equiflexion offers Equine Sports Massage Therapy (ESMT) and Musculo-Skeletal Manipulation Therapy (EMSMT). Both forms of treatment help your horse to move as freely and as comfortably as possible whether they are a pleasure horse or a competition horse.
Giving your horse the freedom to move
Equine Sports Massage, including passive stretching, increases circulation and can help to lengthen your horse's muscles whilst encouraging flexibility and suppleness to allow your horse use his body to its full capability.
ESMT and EMSMT work hand in hand to detect and alliviate pain and discomfort caused by muscular strain and joint and vertebral misalignments. When your horse is suffering from this kind of strain it can result in muscular soreness (particularly in the back), reduced flexibility, restricted range of movement of the limbs, lack of engagement, decreased stamina levels and an overall lack of performance. It can also affect your horse’s behaviour and wellbeing.
Laura Bradbeer of Equiflexion has trained with the Institute of Complementary Animal Therapies (ICAT) and takes a holistic approach to her treatments. She treats the whole horse recognising that the primary cause can lead to secondary problems in different areas of the body. She works alongside other equine professionals to form part of your horse’s overall programme of care.
Based in Chester Laura primarily covers Cheshire, Wirral, North Wales, Shropshire and sections of West Midlands and the North West but appointments are welcomed from outside of these areas.
Equine Sports Massage Therapy and Musculo-Skeletal Manipulation Therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care but it can help restore your horse to full health with permission from your vet under the Veterinary Act 1966.
Below are some examples of Equine Sports Massage and Manipulation Therapy sessions taking place. For more information please view the What is Equine Massage and Manipulation Therapy and Benefits of Equine Massage and Manipulation Therapy pages.
Passive stretching is an important part of a treatment
A horse yawning is a sign of relaxation
A therapist locating a stress point during a treatment
A neck vertabrae manipulation
If you are interested in booking a session we recommned viewing Equiflexion's Treatments page. You can also experience firsthand how equine massage and manipulation can help your horse by attending our Events and Demonstrations.
Dave the Horse says...
It can take around 90 days (3 months!!!) for minor muscle injuries to become apparent so prevention is better than cure!
The longissimus dorsi muscle is the largest and longest muscle in the equine body.
The hindquarters only carry around 40% of a horse’s weight at rest, but they provide approximately 85% of the propulsion needed for maximum level locomotion.
More than 60% of a horse’s body weight is muscle, compared to 35 – 40% in a human.
Equine Sports Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues – muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (connective tissue).
Horses have 54 vertebrae: 7 cervical (neck), 18 thoracic (back, attached to ribs), 6 lumbar, 5 sacral (fused vertebrae) and average 18 coccygeal (tail).
Arabian horses have a slightly different skeletal structure to other breeds of horse; they have 17 thoracic, 5 lumbar and 16 tail vertebrae.
There are two layers of muscle in the equine body – superficial and deep.
Equine Sports Massage and Manipulation Therapy can benefit horses in a variety of disciples. From racing to riding schools, Equiflexion's Horses For Courses section provides plenty of information on how Equine Massage and Manipulation therapy sessions can help your horse.
For more information on Equiflexion's services or to register your interest for hosting a demonstration at your yard, please Send us an Enquiry.