Equine Rehab &Therapy
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Integrated Bodywork for Your Horse
By Jeff Moore, ESMT
Introduction
Is your horse sore, injured, just a little off on his leads and transitions or suddenly exhibiting behavioral problems? Have you noticed a gradual decline in performance? Are certain patterns or movements suddenly difficult for your horse? Does your horse have a recurring, hard to pinpoint lameness?

There is a good possibility that it is due to muscle soreness or musculoskeletal problems. At ERT we use a variety of bodywork tools and techniques at your facility to return movement, performance and comfort to your horse and confidence and peace of mind to you. Our philosophy is that the bottom line is results, your horse will be noticeably better or we haven't done our job.

Why Bodywork for Animals?
Therapeutic bodywork for animals offers us the ability to relate to our animal companions in deeper ways. Western (allopathic) medicine was developed to treat diseases or sometimes just the symptoms of a disease.  Today's traditional vet care has developed out of this mechanistic,symptom oriented approach.

An holistic approach seeks to restore a balance for the entire organism that tends to prevent the expression of disease. It views the entire patient, its physical, mental and emotional environment, as an intricate network of interconnected energies that contribute to the health of the being. In this approach, how a horse is kept, what it is fed, how it is trained, shod and cared for all have a bearing on its state of health. While in many cases, particularly trauma or acute colic, modern veterinary techniques work wonders; there are other cases that do not respond as well to drugs and surgery.

For chronic musculoskeletal conditions or a diagnosis of 'nonspecific lameness' there are complementary therapies that could possibly give our animals additional relief.  Integrating traditional vet diagnosis with therapeutic farriery (horse shoeing), spinal mobilization, trigger point and sports massage, myo-facial release, acupressure and flower essences gives us a powerful tool to work on various levels of health for our animals.  While in humans, determining symptom versus source for disharmony is difficult, with animals it's even more difficult due to lack of a common verbal language. Fortunately, body, movement and energy language is universal. Integrated bodywork is a technique that not only addresses the immediate needs of the horse but also the deeper issues in a unique way.

What is Your Vet's Role?
As always, your vet is the primary caregiver for your horse. I require a referral or a complete lameness exam before I will see a horse.  My work is not a substitute or an alternative to traditional vet work, but a compliment to it.

In the Spotlight 
Here are inks to the latest happenings at Equine Rehab & Therapy:

New Clinics Page - We are currently presenting Centaur Horse and Rider Biomechanics Clinics.  Learn more about it or print the Centaur Clinic flyer . Or see our Equine Rehab Calendar for the latest clinic dates and information.

New Equine Hormones Page - Read about how to help your equine partner with Jia Wei Xiao Yao San, an herbal supplement for cranky mares.