As every horse and every ailment is different, so is my approach to therapy. I combine the following methods into a unique holistic treatment.
Myofascial Adjustment and Manipulation
The word 'myo' means muscle and 'fascia' is the connective tissue that holds the body together. Direct myofascial release, or deep tissue work, releases and stretches the restricted fascia by applying firm yet gentle constant pressure, moving slowly through the layers of fascia until the deep tissue is reached. The indirect method involves gentle stretches, and even less pressure allowing the fascia to 'unwind' itself. The gentle traction applied to the restricted fascia will result in heat and increased blood flow in the area. This allows the body's inherent ability for self correction to return, eliminating pain and restoring the optimum performance of the body. As the fascia is so extensive, key pressure points are used, similar to acupressure, to release tension and perform adjustments with the maximum of effect and the minimum of impact on the horse. One of the benefits of myofascial adjustment is that because the fascia is all connected, you can work away from the sight of pain to the benefit of the horse and with the same effective result.
Myofacial Adjustment also includes gently manipulating the joints to aid and maintain proper alignment. When the shoulders or hips, for example, are out of alignement your horse will experience pain and discomfort causing irritable behavior. When aligned properly, improvement in the animal's motion as well as their attitude will be observed almost immediately.
Acupressure Massage compliments the myofacial adjustments by soothing and working out tension in muscle groups, often the result of the horse compensating for an injury or misalignment. Gentle pressure is applied to key focus areas to release tension in the shoulders, head, neck, pelvis and more allowing the horse to promote self healing and regain their natural fluidity and motion. If a muscle group is tight, it is more susceptible to minor rips or tears. Acupressure is one of the most deceptively gentle, safe, non-invasive, and extremely powerful healing arts that has been used for humans and animals for 1000s of years.
Homeopathy and Naturopathy
Homeopathy and Naturopathy provide a natural and holistic basis of care for the internal well being of your horse. Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on a treatment of highly diluted natural substances which triggers the body’s own system of healing. Horses respond very well to homeopathic remedies which work very well along side the external therapies listed above. Everything from aches and pains to acute and chronic ailments can be treated homeopathically with great results.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It works on similar principles to homeopathy in that we all have a lifeforce running through us that promotes healing and a quality of life. If this lifeforce is low, then we are more more susceptible to illness and stress, and if it is high, we more easily feel happy and healthy. It has been used with great results on horses as they are so responsive to holistic approaches to healing. Ailments that respond well to Reiki are sweet itch, breathing difficulties, trauma, loss of confidence and general behavioural problems. Reiki compliments the alignment, adjustment and massage therapies with great results to promote the overall wellbeing of your horse.