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As a qualified Shiatsu therapist for athletes, I can offer a service that aims to improve the quality and function of movement and mobility for the rider as well.
The relationship between the rider and horse is a strong one and any physical or psychological issues can affect both the rider and the horse, simultaneously. For a “couple” to be successful, both the rider and horse must be balanced and work as a team.
In such cases it is extremely beneficial to work on both the rider and the horse.
Shiatsu can improve circulation of blood and lymph, relieve tension in the soft tissues (muscular tension), treat back and joint pain, relieve cervical syndrome and neck stiffness, reduce headaches, migraines and fatigue. Also, it can promote and enhance vitality, flexibility and focus.
Equine Shiatsu can have a positive effect on any horse including those used from hacking right through to racing, eventing, show jumping and dressage.
All horses benefit from being pain free and having supple, symmetrical muscles and gait. Therefore, it is a good practice to book in for a routine Shiatsu or TECAR treatment even if your horse has no specific injury or issues presenting. Routine checks enable early detection of issues and allow your animal to perform happily and to its optimum ability.
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Horses are similar to humans in that they compensate for pain by adapting their posture and gait. As an owner or rider, it is important to recognize any behavioral changes which may be the horse’s way of communicating that they are in discomfort, such as:
- Muscular discomfort of pain: disunited canter, unable to achieve the correct canter lead, rushing, poor transitions, struggling to work in an outline or lack of bend, difficulty in collection, lack of impulsion
- Back discomfort or pain: refusing jumps, bucking, rearing, napping, sensitivity during brushing, saddling, menstrual pain for mares, headshaking
- Change in temperament: Muscular pain, joint pain, stress, anxiety
- Lameness: muscular pain the body, joint pain, arthritis
- Ataxia: Loss of muscle, uneven muscular development, back pain or sacroiliac pain, lack of coordination, muscle twitching, loss of appetite, depression
- Laminitis: shoulder and neck pain, lameness, stress, anxiety, hoof pain
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Both Shiatsu and TECAR therapies can be used to prepare and maintain dogs that compete for fun or professionally in sports and other activities.
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Dogs (athletes and non-athletes) also compensate for pain by adapting their posture and gait. As an owner, it is important to recognize any behavioral changes through which your dog communicates their discomfort.
Here are some subtle ways dogs show they are in muscular pain:
- General Stiffness: pain on rising or sitting, stiff when they first get out of bed.
- Posture change: standing with a roached or arched back, low neck/tail carriage, can’t stand squarely any more
- Gait change: the dog may be limping, throwing a leg or dipping a shoulder, crabbing, elbow out stiffness
- Change in Behaviors: grumpiness, aggressiveness, doesn’t want to play, or knocked during play, act aggressive to ward off dogs, not being their usual self
- Coat Flicks: When a muscle is injured and unable to perform correctly, it creates a “pull” on the skin above it. If the muscle is very tight, this may inhibit blood flow to the skin cause poor circulation so the coat can often become dry and course in a certain area of the dog’s body.
- Dislike to Being Groomed: If the dog is suffering from my fascial pain, then this tugging will aggravate that condition, as tissue below the skin is tightened and jammed.
- Back pain: reluctant to participate in normal activities, such as jumping on or off furniture, going up and down stairs, playing with housemates, and going for walks. They may walk gingerly, like they are walking on eggshells, or with a wobbly or “drunken” gait, especially in the hind limbs. Furthermore dogs with back pain sometimes stand with a hunched posture or may even have a tense abdomen.
- Neck pain: Dogs with neck pain are often reluctant to lift their heads fully and may walk with low head carriage. Tremors or excessive shivering (especially when it is not cold) can also be a sign of pain.
- Joint pain: Limping and stiffness, slipping while moving, fluctuation of appetite, irritable without any reason, muscular atrophy, lethargy, Attending to the affected area (licking, chewing and even biting in order to reduce the irritation), depression
- Shiatsu: Ideally, the horse should be treated 3 hours after riding and have a box rest for that day. The next day the horse can be trained on a light program and the day after can go back to their daily training routine or program.
- TECAR: The horse can be treated before and after intensive training and close competitive engagements. Furthermore, TECAR can be also used for prevention and muscle recovery, post -training.
- Shiatsu: It depends on the animal’s problem and response to the treatment. It can be from twice a week up to once per month
- TECAR: 1-10 treatments, depending on the severity of the problem and the animal’s response to the treatment. Always decided upon consultation with the veterinarian.
- Shiatsu: If the horse has severe issues that need to be resolved, then it is advised to be treated once a week until the issue is improved or resolved. For maintaining a sports horse in good condition, treating them twice a month will be keeping them in good shape.
- TECAR: If the horse has severe issues that need to be resolved, it is better to have consecutive treatments with a gap of 2 days in between each treatment. The number of treatments will be recommended by the veterinarian. For maintaining a horse in good condition, I would suggest treatments from once per week up to twice per month, depending on the horse’s response to the treatment.