At Millbry Hill we stock a fantastic range of equine therapy products, including massage therapy, magnetic therapy and cooling therapy products. Our range includes specialist equine therapy aids from leading brands including Horseware and Equilibrium, to sooth your horse's muscles and ligaments, joints, and tendons.
Therapy products are ideal to help aid recovery in the performance horse or any equine recouperating from strain or injury. There are several types of therapy products for horses available on the market, to suit differing needs and budgets.
Magnetic Therapy encourages the blood flow and increases the rate of repair of cells. As the body’s cells have electromagnetic properties, they can be energised by a magnetic field. When a powerful magnet is placed against the horse's body, it's cellular activity is increased, which in turn can increase the rate at which cells regenerate and repair. The advantage of magnetic therapy is it works solely with magnets, so there is no need for a power supply to use these products, nor do they ever need to be recharged. There are no known negative side effects from treatments with static magnetic fields, however it is advised to avoid using on pregnant animals.
Massage Therapy in horses follows the same principles as in humans, and essentially involves the manipulation of the soft tissues. This form of therapy has been recognised in helping preventing of injury, speed up recovery from fatigue, as well as aid relaxation and increasing mobility. Massage stimulates blood flow to the area, bringing with it increased oxygen and nutrient supply to the muscle. This can help with the removal of toxins such as lactic acid after exercise. It can also help reduce tension, which is often one of the most common reasons for poor performance in horses.
Massage Therapy is ideal in a number of situations to aid recovery and help performance of the horse. It is ideal for any horses on box rest to promote blood flow, as well as being an ideal aid to help alleviate back problems. For the performance or competition horse, massage therapy can be used before exercise as part of warm up, at a show to help recover from travelling or after exercise to help with toxin removal. It can also be used on your horse's day off as part of a maintenance routine, or simply as an enjoyable, rewarding treatment.
Whilst massage is an essential element of equine physiotherapy, the introduction of massage pads and equipment mean any horse owner can treat their horse with a massage at any time, on their own yard or while away at shows etc. These pads and mitts are battery powered and are rechargable so can be used again and again. Some massage therapy products, such as the Horseware Ice-Vibe range also include cooling packs, which help reduce soreness and swelling as well as the benefits of massage.