Steady Management with a Long Term Goal…

Bodywork treatment for pain can be a touchy subject.  Touchy for the owner, touchy for friends and trainers making recommendations, but also touchy for me- as the bodyworker.

A client of mine was recommended to call me from her trainer.  Her horse wasn’t traveling quite right on the downhills and so, she thought he might be in a bit of pain somewhere.

After 2 Bowen treatments, he’s been fine.  He is a lovely gelding who had pulled back some time ago and had residual pain and adhesions that had not worked themselves out and a few areas of secondary issues from compensation.

In his case, a couple of visits from me was much more relaxing, comfortable and rewarding than visits to the vet.  And it was much less expensive for his owner. 

But this is where MY touchiness comes in…  Sometimes it’s not so simple.  Sometimes I show up for the initial consult and, if there is injury/pain involved, one of my first questions is “What did the vet say?”.  Yes, I’d prefer to work hand-in-hand with a competant and open minded vet.  Luckily, we have one here on the divide and she’s wonderful. 

But often the horse’s owner is calling me as a last ditch effort to help their horse without the diagnostic bill that a vet will entail.  It is not uncommon for a mystery pain/lameness to end up costing a horse owner +/-$1000 to diagnose.  Initial consults can turn into 2nd and 3rd appointments.  Appointments with specialists.  An initital diagnosis that was incorrect.  2nd diagnosis. 

If a situation is not an emergency, I am honored to try to help a horse before they have to undergo all the testing, time off, possible meds, etc.   Sometimes the treatments work pretty much right off.  Occassionally, when we’re dealing with something like ringbone or DSLD, I can make the horse more comfortable- especially from all of the pain and stiffness that comes with compensation of the body trying to find balance on it’s own. 

It’s so sad to me, though, when someone is trying to help their horse and calls me instead of the vet- expecting me to “cure” the problem in one visit.  Gosh I wish it were that simple.  But while I can do a lot of work in one session, it’s up to the horse’s body to do the healing.  And with this type of CRAZY effective modality, it still may take 2-3 sessions about a week apart to really get the job done.  And a few maintenance visits every once in a while after that.

I work with soft tissue- muscle, tendons and ligaments.  Often, after a Bowen Therapist works, the skeletal system will be pulled into it’s correct alignment by the soft tissue reorganizing itself and going back into a healthy and balanced position.  Circulation increases- And I’m not only talking blood flow, the body’s natural electrical circulation (think brain and nerve function, heart beat, etc) as well as the lymphatic system… it all opens up and allows the body to shed toxins as well as encouraging healing.

Bowen has been a miracle for me… but not a miracle that happened completely in one day.  A miracle that left me pain free, but not yet completely balanced.  A miracle that, after 3 weekly sessions has gave me the gift of a normal life that I haven’t enjoyed since a teen.  But I still need a rebalancing “tune up” every few months.  And chances are, I can help your horse.  I can help a lot in once session, even.  But that doesn’t guarantee that the work will be done like magic in one day. 

A horse’s health involves steady management with a long term goal. 

That goal may be to restore soundness.  The steady management may be Bowen Therapy, a change in hoof care and modifying the feed plan.

That goal may be to kick the competitions @$$ next season.  The steady management may be Bowen Therapy and increasing or changing training.  And including some Bowen Therapy for the rider to make sure you’re both balanced and at your best.

That goal may be to any number of things for each individual team of horse & rider… But the real key is to have a goal in mind and to not expect magic in a day.  To realize that there are many factors working on the whole horse.  And the whole rider. 

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