The other night, I sought out a Bowen practitioner who was in the area to work on Jack. I had seen how it made visible changes in a friend’s horse (even during the session), and was advised that in his pre-MRI state that it was a good time to have Jack checked out.
For those unfamiliar with Bowen (as I was myself), here’s how Horse & Hound describes it:
Equine Bowen Therapy (EBT), a less well-known alternative therapy, is a light, soft tissue manipulative technique. Practitioners say it promotes healing and pain relief by:
- addressing the whole nervous system
- releasing muscle spasm
- relieving congested kidneys
- stimulating the lymphatic system.
How it works
- Practitioners use fingers and thumbs on precise points on the body.
- They apply a rolling action which affects the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
- During the treatment there are two-minute intervals when the horse is left to rest.
- There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue.
- A treatment will take approximately 45 minutes.
- Two or three treatments, usually at weekly intervals, may be required to achieve lasting relief.
Jack’s session, which albeit also was a little interrupted by working in feedback on the other client there at the barn, lasted almost 4 hours. But we had a lot of findings as a result of this head-to-toe treatment, including:
- Not using adductor muscles near stifle on inside right hind, which may be related to a strain up the leg near the groin
- An old injury to the sternum which has some scar tissue around it
- Fluid and angriness on ribs 14/15
- Knots in Longissimus Dorsi in base of neck and on lower back
- making him very guarded/blocked over his trapezius muscles
The hope is that correcting many of these things, we can create a horse who is less likely to compensate for his current injury (LF) by abusing the rest of his body. A hopefully more comfortable horse, with a looser body, will heal faster. And I’m all for that.
That’s really interesting! How did Jack react to the treatment? Did he seem to enjoy it?
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this new to me technique!