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Our Therapeutic Philosophy
We spend a significant amount of time talking with owners and other care providers (vets, farriers, other bodyworkers) to obtain as much history and information as possible about each animal. You'll notice that we ask a lot of questions, while we calmly and quietly interact with them. All of this is to develop a complete picture of any issues they may have, develop trust with you and your animal, and to provide the best possible care that we can for them. Working as a team with all of your providers helps us develop a holistic plan that supports your goals and benefits your animal in numerous ways.
Because what matters most is their well-being - to you and to us!!
By combining empathetic and clinical assessment approaches, we utilize our extensive training to develop a trusting relationship with your animals and provide them with the best possible support. We primarily use myofascial release (MFR) and deep tissue techniques, and may also apply various other hands-on, energetic, or tool-aided methods as appropriate to each individual case. We always address the whole body, and our goal is to never force any release - we believe you have to wait for the tissue to allow you in, so you can best release the extensive connections within the body. These techniques allow us to alleviate muscle tension and soreness, while releasing fascial pulls throughout the body AND enhancing proprioception and improving posture. Averaging 1.5 – 2 hours per horse, our goal is always to improve the animal’s ability to perform its job well and to enhance its mobility.
Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (PEMF)
PEMF sessions are a fantastic way to promote relaxation, provide energy to the cells, and support overall wellness. Working with horses, dogs, cats, humans, and various other species, we provide PEMF for both whole-body wellness sessions and for more targeted cellular support. There is extensive peer-reviewed research regarding the use of PEMF with various scenarios, and we are more than happy to help you and your vet or doctor determine whether PEMF is appropriate for you or your animal.
We utilitize functional kinesiology taping methods to increase range of motion, improve muscle function, reduce or control pain, manage swelling or edema, and maintain a level of functionality and comfort for the animal or human throughout athletic development and rehabilitation processes. Taping applications are used to maintain functionality and comfort in training, and assist with recovery as a means to facilitating overall soundness in the athlete. Functional Movement Techniques (FMT) utilize “longitudinal anatomy,” or a “movement patterns” concept, as a means of connecting the brain to the body’s uninterrupted fascial web in order to enhance rehabilitation and athletic performance via cutaneous (skin) and hair follicle stimulation.
Adhesive phototherapy patches have a similar effect to acupuncture, without the needles! They can be used either on acupuncture points to support your animal (or yourself!) between acupuncturist visits, or on focal areas of concern to support the body's natural healing processes. These patches can be used by themselves, or in combination with kinesiotape (as shown in the photo to the right), bodywork, PEMF, or other modalities. There are numerous research studies using bloodwork to support their systemic action. AND they're safe for use during competition*, since they're non-transdermal & non-invasive!
* We'll work with you to confirm that everything we do is compliant with the rules and regulations in your competition organization(s).
Cold Laser can be applied for general body tension, to aid in injury healing, or even to target acupuncture points. We work with treating veterinarians to determine an appropriate course of action for any injury or laser acupoint session. Laser can be safely used in conjunction with many other therapies, including a variety of complementary veterinary modalities.
We offer 2 different types of Therapeutic Ultrasound - using either an ultrasound machine with settings customizable to each case, or an UltrOZ Low-Intensity Therapeutic UltraSound (LITUS). The UltrOZ is a self-contained, battery-powered device which is pre-set with an appropriate frequency and intensity for most applications. We teach the owner to use it correctly, and then it is applied to the body for frequent use by the horse's owner, utilizing neoprene wraps. Both types of ultrasound have unique applications, and are exceptional for aiding in injury healing and resolution of scar tissue.
E-Stim (Electrical Stimulation / NMES)
Electrical Stimulation can be used in a variety of ways - to alleviate pain sensations, to facilitate the release of muscle tension, and/or to aid in nervous system function. It is especially helpful in cases of nerve trauma with resulting muscle atrophy, and in addressing chronic musculoskeletal tensions.
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