Massage as part of holistic care of in–patient equids

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Holistic care is an area that is increasing in small animal nursing and there could be similar benefits to equine patients. The authors discuss the potential benefits of massage as part of a holistic care system of nursing and consider the potential for reduction of morbidity associated with hospital in–patient admissions. Massage has supporting evidence for it's use in stress reduction and we propose the reduction in stress by massage could be associated with improved wound healing, drug uptake from the gastro–intestinal tract and beneficial effects on the immune system, as well as health and safety for the horse and handlers.

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