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Equine Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral therapy is a hands-on technique in which the practitioner applies very light pressure to specific bones of the skull, spine and sacrum to release restrictions in the musculoskeletal system.

What conditions can Craniosacral Therapy Treat?

Craniosacral therapy is ideally suited to the equine athlete and is an effective way to restore biomechanical balance and to maintain musculoskeletal heath.

In addition to restoring balance, improving posture and movement, craniosacral sucessfully treats the following conditions:

*Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease
*Head trauma
*Post Dentistry
*Pull back injuries
*Behavioral problems
*Low back and Joint problems
*Facial nerve paralysis

Craniosacral benefits horses that have difficulty in collection, have difficulty taking leads at the canter, have bucking issues, or feel flat in their work. It is an excellent therapy after dentistry, which is usually somewhat traumatic to the head of the horse.

How is a treatment done?

The horse is first assessed for posture, movement, soft tissue and bony changes. Next, craniosacral technique is applied at specific sites using a very light touch. A treatment takes 10-60 minutes, depending on the horse. Usually, between one and four follow up treatments are necessary, and then periodically as needed to maintain health and biomechanical balance, depending on the type of work the horse is doing.

Dr. Quentin studied equine craniosacral with Maureen Rogers, one of the pioneers in the field. For more information, visit Maureen Rogers website at

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation

 What is V.O.M.?

 V.O.M. is, very simply put, a non surgical approach to spinal disease and lameness for dogs, cats and horses. Using a hand held, spring loaded device, called an activator, motion is put into a joint to reduce subluxation. The V.O.M. practitioner identifies pathology or disease in a joint by identifying "pathological reads" which disappear when the subluxation is reduced. 

V.O.M. was developed by Dr. William L. Inman, a veterinarian with advanced training in Veterinary Neuroanatomy and former veterinary surgeon and clinician at Washington State University. Dr. Quentin studied with Dr. Inman in 2009 to learn the technique, and has been using it successfully in horses, dogs and cats for the past 5 years. 

What does V.O.M. treat? 

*Hip pain
*Back or neck pain
*Nerve paralysis or paresis
*As an adjunct to orthopedic                                                                surgery

How is a V.O.M. treatment done?

An examination is done initally, and radiographs or other diagnostic imaging are performed, if indicated. Next, the hand held activator is used on the animal in a specific way to allow the practitioner to assess for subluxations. This is called a diagnostic pass. Next one or more therapeutic passes is performed to treat the subluxations and restore health. 

The action of the activator is very fast and concise, and is non-painful to the animal. It cannot harm, torse or twist the tissue as can occur with the slower manual manipulation adjustment using the mass of the practitioner. Dr. Quentin has found animals to be much more comfortable with the activator vs. manual manipulation, and are happier and more willing with subsequent treatments. Follow up treatments depend on the individual animal, often 1-3 follow ups are recommended. 

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