I have always had a love for animals and at one time we owned 16 chickens, 2 guinea pigs, 3 dogs, multiple fish tanks, a hedgehog, a hamster, and a tortise. Evacation for the fires was no small task. It was not until my friend Tim came to visit that I realized my skills could be used on our family pets. During his stay he treated both dogs. One has hip dysplasia and one is alergic to grass. Above you can see our beagle, Sheldon, treating his best friend Sassy.
After he left our neighbors goats had 2 kids, and one refused to suck. Since I had worked in the NICU with babies with feeding problems and Tim had just been here teaching me how to work on animals I decided to try CST with the baby goats. What an amazing, fun experience. Needless to say I was hooked and took the small animal class offerred by the Upledger Instuite to help refine my skills. I can now treat small animals with all the confidence I use treating my human clients.
Equine - Horses
Horses, especially working horses, encounter stress daily. This can manifaest as muscular tension or emotional tension. Horse that have trouble with strength and movement particularly in the areas of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems can benefit from CST. We know there is a gap between the diagnosis of an injury and a horse's return to full work. CST can help horses heal, may be able to speed the healing process, and increase the function of the affected area.
Craniosacral Therapy and Animals
Just like us, animals too can experience trauma and stress. Craniosacral therapy for animals is done in the same manner one would treat a person. The practitioner feels for imbalances in the craniosacral rhythm and restrictions in the fascia of the animal. Then using a light touch the practitioner releases the restrictions in the animals body. By releasing the facial tension, the stress cycle can be broken, the animal can relax, feel less pain, and have an increase in mobility through out its system. CS therpists can also assist in the prevention of physical impairments and functional limitations, promote fitness and health, and improve an animals quality of life.Back to top of page