Correcting bodily dysfunctions with Myofascial Release is achieved through a focused intention of changing tissue texture and tension through soft, hands-on compression into the restriction or tissue barrier. The intentional energy shifts between therapist and patient and has effects on the elastin, collagen and ground substance. The entire facial system responds which facilitates change in all other connective tissue systems: nervous, muscular, lymphatic, skeletal, etc. Soft tissue restrictions that alter bony alignment are addressed and osseous releases are performed slowly without skeletal manipulation (Barnes).
How can I tell that my animal is in need of corrective bodywork?
Limping or Improper Gait
Unusual behavior: licking, biting, rearing, kicking, mouthing, shortness of breath, etc.
Unusual hesitation to perform normal movements: trot, lope, curve, turn, jump, etc.
Time tested success!
Myofascial release has been used for many years to successfully correct musculo-skeletal dysfunction in humans. It is proven to be extremely effective in elongating foreshortened connective tissue, increasing strength and restoring functional movement. Just like humans, horses and dogs sustain injuries that result in soft tissue tightening and other neuro-muscular compensations. These dysfunctions can be evaluated and successfully corrected with Myofascial Release Techniques.
Kristen is not a veterinarian. Myofascial Release is not meant to replace traditional veterinary care. It is not an alternative treatment, but rather an integrative method that, when used in conjunction with good traditional veterinary care, will provide years of happy & healthy living.