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Equine Massage Study Published
Results from a crossover study have been released in the Equine Veterinary Journal (Special Issue: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology).
The study, entitled "The relationship between massage to the equine caudal hindlimb muscles and hindlimb protraction", draws the conclusion that "massage can increase protraction of the equine hindlimb. Massage may, therefore, play a valuable role in the development of strategies used to improve a horse's locomotor function, e.g. during rehabilitation or optimum performance for competition."
HILL, C. and CROOK, T. (2010), The relationship between massage to the equine caudal hindlimb muscles and hindlimb protraction. Equine Veterinary Journal, 42: 683–687. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2010.00279.x
The Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK.
also see PubMed.gov: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21059081