FAQs

Why should we tape?

Tape is one of my favorite ways to help support your animal’s body. A well placed application can decrease pain, decrease swelling and fluid build up, improve your pet’s gate, improve mobility, and help maintain the quality of life you crave for your horse or dog.

Why should we tape?2024-04-14T23:02:29+00:00

How long does a Kinesiology Tape application last?

The standard answer is we expect tape to stay on the average of 3-5 days. Applications can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks depending on various factors including weather, temperatures, grooming products used, blanketing, the horses work load, the location the tape was applied and many other factors.

How long does a Kinesiology Tape application last?2024-04-14T23:02:00+00:00

A bit of science on how Kinesiology tape works (if you’re into that sort of thing…)

Applied tape triggers the body’s natural pain relief system. Tape lifts the hair, which lifts the skin activating mechanoreceptors (nerve endings) that then inhibit nociceptors (pain receptors). When applied following a manual therapy, elastic tape maintains a continuous stimulus on the area(s) applied, prolonging and possibly increasing the duration of the manual therapy. In other [...]

A bit of science on how Kinesiology tape works (if you’re into that sort of thing…)2024-04-14T23:01:24+00:00

Are there situations when we shouldn’t use K tape?

I love some k-tape!! However, there are a few contraindications that call for caution against utilizing without first contacting your veterinarian. These include, but are not limited to, open wounds, skin irritations, skin diseases such as fungus, recent joint injections (consult your veterinarian about their desired time frame prior to taping), if a fracture is [...]

Are there situations when we shouldn’t use K tape?2024-04-14T23:00:35+00:00

How often should my dog get a massage?

It depends on the situation. It can be as often as a few times per week or a few times per year depending on the goals of the massage work. For example, if we are working on anxiety it may be once or twice per month. If we are helping to recover from surgery, it [...]

How often should my dog get a massage?2019-12-07T21:27:54+00:00

How often should my horse get a massage?

Horses in light work = as needed depending on the situation Horses in moderate work = every 4-8 weeks Horses in intense work = anywhere from multiple times per week to 1x/month

How often should my horse get a massage?2019-12-07T21:26:41+00:00

Do you massage cats?

Yes if they’ll let me. Cats are some of the less patient clients I get. Often, even domesticated cats can be difficult to introduce a new person to. They frequently have “off-limit” areas and can be very strict about personal space. However, even in the most extreme cases, I am willing to work with an [...]

Do you massage cats?2022-02-25T20:57:19+00:00

Can massage improve performance?

Absolutely. Not only has it been shown to improve flexibility, but it has also shown to regulate heart rate and improve race times. Here is a study done on Arabian racehorses showing significant improvement during the racing season by incorporating 3 massages per week on the equine athletes. “The changes of the parameters throughout the [...]

Can massage improve performance?2019-12-07T21:24:08+00:00

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