- One-off Treatments work well in enhancing the patient’s well being and vitality and in relieving pain. One-off treatments can also complement any other medical treatments.
- Sets of Treatments work better in treating health conditions in depth. Taking a Set of Treatments will offer remarkable, long-standing results.
1. EQUINE / CANINE / HUMAN CONSULTATION TREATMENT
The first treatment / consultation offers support and pain relief and includes specific steps to best capture the problem before deciding on the proper course of treatment.
- Medical History: Taking an extensive clinical history of the patient such as origin, cause, progression, and past injuries.
- Body observation: Use all the senses to understand the patient’s problem. (e.g. scanning the body for any visible functional defects such as swelling, muscle atrophy, scaring, listening to breathing patterns, etc)
- Palpation: Touching the body in order to detect the pain and its severity
- Recommendation of treatment: Following body observation, a recommendation of the proper treatment is stated in order to improve the patient’s condition or problem. (e.g. Shiatsu or Tecar or a combination of both therapies)
- Therapy Plan: A concrete treatment plan is developed regarding the application of therapy and number of treatments that will need to be conducted in order to improve or solve the condition, taking into consideration the patient’s activity level and response to the first treatment.
- In case that some method of therapy is recommended by a doctor or veterinarian for a specific condition, then I will be making a treatment plan in consultation with the doctor / veterinarian and keep them informed about the patient’s progress.
Shiatsu is a Japanese practical therapy involving gentle rotations, stretches and pressure on acupuncture points (tsubos) that lie on meridians (energy pathways) people and animals have throughout their body. The Shiatsu therapist uses pressure from their fingers, thumbs, palms, and elbows. It is a similar therapy to acupuncture, but without the use of needles, that stimulates the natural “self-healing” abilities of the body and enhances relaxation and vitality.
Shiatsu treatment bears a holistic approach and addresses both emotional and physical problems that humans, horses and dogs may experience. It takes into consideration any stress and compensation placed across the entire body and works on how the muscles and joints respond to this stress.
Shiatsu can resolve:
- Insufficient of blood and lymph (low blood pressure)
- Muscular tension (pain in soft tissues, azoturia)
- Joint mobility problems (joint stiffness, arthritis, degenerative disease)
- Low immune system (accumulation of toxins)
- Neurological problems
- Respiratory conditions
- Digestive difficulties
- Skin problems (itchiness)
- Hormonal problems
- Anxiety and stress conditions
2. WHAT IS SHIATSU TREATMENT
SHIATSU TREATMENT PROCESS
First thing, I introduce myself to the patient. Then, I begin a ‘body-wipe’ of the patient, starting from touching their head, moving on to their shoulders, front legs, back, hindquarters, hind and legs in order to scan the areas that need to be worked on.
Using the pulp of the fingers or thumbs, I apply more or less deep pressures on wide areas or precise points located along the path of the energy meridians, accessing the deeper areas of the body.
During the session, I do leg rotations and stretches when is necessary, in order to evaluate the joint movement and activate the meridians I work on.
I finish up the session by returning to the head, releasing any tension left in the poll, ears, eyes and mouth. Each treatment follows the specific needs and takes into account the overall condition of each patient. The duration of the treatment can be from 40 to 60 minutes. After the Shiatsu treatment, the patient should be left to rest.
Since the Shiatsu therapy is affecting each patient in a different way, I do keep a close contact with the patient or the animal’s owner to develop a treatment plan and jointly decide the number and frequency of treatments needed.
TECAR is the acronym for “Transfer Electrical Capacitive and Resistive”. It is a form of human, equine and canine physiotherapy and it is ideal for targeting and treating acute and chronic pathologies in equestrian and canine sport.
It causes a thermal reaction in the tissues that stimulates the body’s natural healing response with immediate anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects on muscles, tendons, cartilage or bones and ligaments.
This transferred energy goes in the deeper layers of the tissues, producing a significant decrease of pain, improves oxygenation, circulation and lymphatic drainage in the treated area, as a result of reducing muscular tension and facilitating the reabsorption of edema.
Overall, the TECAR treatment is a targeted approach that focuses on injured or affected areas of the body. It is suitable for horses, dogs and humans.
TECAR therapy can resolve:
- Muscular problems (acute or chronic muscle spasms, atrophy, azutoria)
- Lymphatic problems (lymphatic drainage)
- Joint problems
- Wound healing
- Ligament problems
2. WHAT IS TECAR TREATMENT
TECAR TREATMENT PROCESS
First thing, I introduce myself to the patient. Then, I do a ‘body wipe’, to see where exactly the patient feels pain or discomfort.
Then, I place the TECAR machine in a small step or stool, I plug it and switch it on. I adjust the heat frequency and the time, depending on the severity of the problem and the part of the body that needs the treatment (the back or joints).
I start the treatment by placing the ultrasound gel or TECAR cream in the area to be treated, taking proper probe and I begin moving the probe back and forth until the scheduled time ends. During the treatment, I add gel if it’s necessary and observe the patient’s reaction to the heat frequency, adjusting it accordingly.
Each treatment is tailored to the specific needs and condition of each patient. The duration of the treatment varies depending on the body area or parts of the body that need to be treated and the overall patient’s condition and it can take up to an hour.
After the TECAR treatment, the patient should be left to rest.
Finally, a concrete treatment plan is developed regarding the therapy application and number of treatments needed, in order to improve or solve the occurring problem.
- Evaluation of the treatment(s) is ongoing throughout the process. Each treatment is constantly tailored to the specific needs, condition and reactions of each patient.
- Upon completion of a Set of Treatments, I will follow up with the patient or the animal’s owner to get their feedback and offer any necessary, additional advice and recommendations.
In particular, we will discuss progress in regard to some of the following (non-exhaustive list):
- Relief of muscle tension and /or spasm (ligament, tendon and muscle injuries)
- Healing of soft tissue injury (tension, tightness and restrictions within the soft tissues)
- Pain relief / pain management (when pain is caused by skeletal defects)
- Improvement of compensation and weight transfer
- Reduction of inflammation and edema
- Reduction of stress, improvement of vitality