Fascia is part of a body-wide communication network. It conducts nerve impulses faster than muscle tissue.
Fascia has many sensory receptors:
- Nociceptors: report potentially damaging stimuli (pain)
- Mechanoreceptors: respond to mechanical pressure and vibration
- Chemoreceptors: report changes in the chemical composition of the tissue
- Thermoreceptors: report changes in temperature
- Proprioceptors : report stretch, movement, tension, effort, force, and where the body is in space
Massage can interact with these receptors to reduce pain and myofascial tension, reset muscle tone and improve posture, range of motion and self awareness.
Massage stimulates the proprioceptors in the muscles, tendons and joints to improve your horse’s awareness of its position and movement, which can lead to reduced muscle tension and improved posture, movement and coordination.
Massage stimulates mechanoreceptors which it can lead to a reflexive relaxation of the muscles.
Massage warms tissues. As tissues warm they become more elastic, circulation is improved and gel-fluids liquify allowing for easier movement between tissues.
Massage can help create space between tissues to improve cellular communication through the interstitial fluids. Massage increases levels of positive natural endorphins to reduce anxiety and pain and leave your horse with a lasting feeling of wellbeing.
Massage can improve posture and range of motion by reducing pain and discomfort in the body. When the body is in pain, it can cause compensatory movements and postures, which can lead to muscle imbalances and poor posture. Massage can help to reduce pain and reflexive tensions, allowing the body to move more freely and maintain better posture.
Massage is an important part of keeping your horse fit, healthy, happy and performing at its best.