What is Craniosacral therapy for horses?

Craniosacral therapy frees the restricted motion in the bones of the skull, the vertebral column, and the pelvis. By manipulating the central nervous system and influencing and restoring the optimal “pulse”, this therapy can restore balance. CST also realigns the skeletal structure and relaxes the animal.

What’s a Craniosacral massage?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on technique that uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.

What is a kissing spine in horses?

Takeaways. Overriding dorsal spinous processes, or “kissing spines”, occur when two or more bony projections at the top of the vertebrae (dorsal spinous processes) touch or overlap. The exact cause is not well understood and many horses with kissing spines do not show any clinical signs.

Can you use a massage gun on a horse?

Glide the Equine Therapy Systems massage gun along the muscle. Move slowly—about an inch a second or slower. If you hit a knot or an area of tension, let the massage gun rest on that spot—without adding additional pressure—for a few moments before moving on. Now you are ready to use it on your horse!

How will I feel after Craniosacral therapy?

You may be sore the day after treatment. The soreness should subside within 48 hours. You can experience changes from a CST session for up to 72 hours.

What are the side effects of Craniosacral therapy?

Side effects and risks

  • severe bleeding disorders.
  • a diagnosed aneurysm.
  • a history of recent traumatic head injuries, which may include cranial bleeding or skull fractures.

How can you tell if a horse has a kissing spine?

Veterinarians typically diagnose kissing spines using a combination of clinical signs and X rays of the horse’s back. X rays are the best way to assess the distance between spinous processes and to look for evidence of problems in the bones, such as increased density or cysticlike lesions.

Should you buy a horse with kissing spine?

If your horse has been diagnosed with kissing spines as an underlying cause of back pain or behavior problems, you might as well give it up. He’ll never be OK again. The Truth: Kissing spines can actually be successfully managed in most horses with a variety of treatments.

How often should a horse get a massage?

How often should my horse receive bodywork? The frequency of a bodywork program depends on many factors, including the horse’s age, riding discipline, workload and overall health. Generally, horses benefit most from bodywork every 4-8 weeks.

Is massage good for a horse?

Massage loosens scar tissue gradually, helping the horse move more freely and reducing the associated pain. Massage and stretching can help restore a horse’s mobility after an injury by reducing tension as collagen fibers heal and realign themselves post trauma.