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Trigger Point Therapy - NAT for Horses?

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Andy Eckley - TP Therapist, and Equine Therapist      Andy Eckley is a trigger point therapist and equine therapist who has a private practice in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire in the north of England. Andy is certified in a number of NAT techniques, and has successfully adapted the NAT frozen shoulder technique for the treatment of horses. In addition to his practice, Andy works with vets and massage therapists in various countries in Europe. He teaches professionals who work with horses to better detect and treat pain in the animals. As a soft tissue therapist and equine therapist, Andy believes...

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Trigger Point Release for Horses - Hamstring Muscles

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  Trigger Point Release for Horses - Assessing and Treating the Hamstrings        Semimembranosus If the limb is planted, this muscle extends the hip. If the limb is not planted, this muscle retracts, adducts and rotates the limb inward. lt originates from the first caudal vertebrae, sacrotuberal ligament, and the ischial tuber of the pelvis. It inserts on the medial epicondyle of the femur.       Semitendinosus If the limb is planted, this muscle extends the hip, stifle, and hock joints.If the limb is not planted, this muscle flexes the stifle, retracts, and adducts the limb. lt originates...

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Treating Horses - Hip Pain and Dysfunction

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  Trigger Point Therapy for Horses - Assessing and Treating Hip Restrictions    About Andy Eckley Andy Eckley is a trigger point therapist and equine therapist who has a private practice in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire in the north of England. Andy is certified in a number of NAT techniques, and has successfully adapted some of these for the treatment of horses. In addition to his practice, Andy works with vets and massage therapists in various countries in Europe, teaching professionals who work with horses to better detect and treat pain in the animals. When not treating or teaching, Andy also works as...

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Saddle Pain and Trigger Points

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  Trigger Points for Horses - Longissimus Dorsi   Read Andy's Bio   Horses may commonly develop trigger points as a result of poor fitting saddles or incorrect riding posture Horses are very good at hiding where their pain and restrictions are as that is a sign of weakness in a herd in the wild - so they mask pain well. However there are ways of finding out what it is that they are trying to hide. Palpation Palpating horses is key to discovering where the pain and restrictions are. If you don't palpate you are just guessing where the pain...

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Trigger Points for Horses - Sacroiliac Pain

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   Trigger Point Massage for Horses - Andy Eckley   Andy Eckley's Bio   A common misconception is that you need to use a stronger force to release a trigger point on a horse than you would with a human This however isn't my experience. If you are accurate then being a trigger point therapist for horses doesn't have to be painful for yourself or lead to finger joint problems. A big difference to applying trigger point therapy versus simple massage is in its accuracy. So, if you are exactly on an active trigger point you don't need a lot...

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