Kinesiology is the science behind muscular and skeletal movement. Healthy muscles are essential to keeping us horses moving at our best. It’s us again “Of Horse,” audience, the Pony Bloggers (Gucci & Sweetsie), here to tell you about another great way to supplement your horse treatments using Equi-Tape. Since Kinesiology tape was so successful for humans it was developed for horses.
Equi-Tape is specifically designed for equines. This Taping Treatment allows the muscles to keep moving while improving circulation, reducing pain and speeding up the healing process. The taping method gently lifts the layer of skin and attached tissue covering a muscle so that blood and other equine body fluids can move freely in and around the muscle.
The tape opens up the muscle and allows free movement. It is placed on top of an injured or strained area to stabilize it, but never encircling the muscle or tendon with a ring of tape. As the horse moves the tape, skin and connective tissue over the muscle or tendon also move, pulling slightly away from the muscle and creating space for lymphatic fluid to flow around and cleanse the inflamed tissue.
Equi-Tape supports the muscle, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, reduces inflammation, facilitates the body’s own healing mechanisms, improves range of motion and adjust misalignments that result from tightened muscles. Equi-Tape is all weather, very thin and made with a porous cotton fabric. The fabric lets the skin breathe. The sticky side supports the muscles and connective tissues using a medical grade acrylic. In order to be effective, the tape must be used with the horse in motion. The muscles around the area have to be worked.
A licensed practitioner should only administer equi-Tape. Equi-tape certification classes will prepare you to successfully integrate Equi-taping into your training, rehab and prevention management programs. You will gain full knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse. This is necessary in order to apply the tape in the correct way and be able to evaluate the horse’s condition.
Eligibility requirements for this certification class include veterinarians, physical therapists, chiropractor (animal or human), certified equine massage therapists and veterinary technicians. Equine students are eligible but cannot take the certification exam until after graduation. Equi-tape has been proven to increase equine athletic potential, help with injury rehabilitation, and re-educate muscle memory. Add equi-taping to your training program today-but be sure to get certified FIRST!!!
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