What is Cranio Sacral Therapy and How can it help my horsE?
Craniosacral therapy; whose origins lie in Osteopathy, is a subtle, yet effective therapy, which can have far reaching effects on not just the physical, but the emotional, and psychological well-being of the Horse.
It follows the truths of the founder of Osteopathy, Dr AT Still, that within the system of the patient, is a higher intelligence, that which is connected to and at one with the forces of nature.
“An Osteopath is taught, that Nature is to be trusted to the end” (Dr AT Still)
“Nature Knows Best” (Dr Barry Commoner)
“Within that cerebrospinal fluid there is an invisible element that I refer to as the “Breath of Life.” I want you to visualize this Breath of Life as a fluid within this fluid, something that does not mix, something that has potency as the thing that makes it move. Is it necessary to know what makes the fluid move? Visualize a potency, an intelligent potency, that is more intelligent than your own human mentality.” – W. G. Sutherland DO
The role of the Craniosacral Practitioner is to facilitate the innate self-healing within the body. Craniosacral work specializes in the head, spine and sacrum of the horse, but is not limited to those areas. Mechanical range of motion and restrictions are assessed and noted; a thorough knowledge of equine anatomy and physiology is essential, after all, this is a subtler, deeper form of Osteopathy. However, once the hands of the practitioner are on the horse, the anatomical assessment, visualization and reasoning must be placed behind the curtain, and a settling into a deep silence and presence, and orientation must occur. It is then, that the body may start to tell a story.
. ..”Craniosacral work helps to optimise the flow and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through the proximity of the Reciprocal Tension Membrane (RTM) which is a system of membranous partitions inside the head, to the respiratory, circulatory, and locomotor centres of the central nervous system (CNS). Craniosacral techniques can have profound and widespread effects on peripheral circulation and general wellbeing. (Visionary Craniosacral Work: Hugh Milne)
“The Cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) is one of the highest known elements that are contained in the body, and unless the brain furnishes this fluid in abundance, a disabled condition of the body will remain. He who is able to reason will see that this great river of life must be tapped and the withering field irrigated at once, or the harvest of health be forever lost.” —A. T. Still M.D. Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy
"The heart of clinical practice in this therapy is one's own state of presence, the clarity and safety of the relational field one generates, the ability to orient to and perceive the underlying forces and processes organizing the (equine) system, and the ability to be in the "right" relationship to all of this." (Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics: Franklin Sills)
Cranio Sacral therapy has been known to help aDDRESS the following problems:
Please Note: Craniosacral work does not in any way replace that of traditional Veterinary care. Get a thorough diagnosis from (preferably a holistic) Vet, so you know what you are dealing with in any given situation.
TMJ (Tempero Mandibular Joint) issues;
Head / Neck (whiplash,Pull back) injuries;
Shying / Visual problems;
Rhabdomyolosis / Azoturia (Tying up);
Effects of Colic;
Effects of EIPH (Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhaging)
Breathing difficulties (Diaphragms, Hyoid, Sinuses);
Poor condition (Dry coat);
Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD);
Effects of pre-mature weaning;