CranioSacral Therapy (CST) helps to promote healthy function of the tissues of the body. The craniosacral system is the Central Nervous System which has a huge influence on the entire body. This therapy can help stimulate the body's own healing properties and help to calm the central nervous system.
It basically works with the horse's own healing process and uses light touch on specific parts of the body to help release any restrictions in the musculoskeletal system or other tissues. The body is not manipulated as in chiropractic treatments but CST can help to relieve tensions and constrictions.
It can be used for:
· Head shaking
· Hock or stifle issues
· Lumbar or sacroiliac problems
· Facial nerve paralysis
· Difficulty breathing
· Difficulty making transitions when riding
· Teeth grinding
· Other unexplained behaviours
CST works to restore the 'energy flow' or 'rhythm' of the craniosacral system. The aim is to increase the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system which helps to keep the body in a relaxed and unstressed condition. The therapy also aims to decrease the activity of the sympathetic nervous system which effects the physiological reactions to threatening situations and increases heart rate for example.
After treatment the horse should be allowed to rest for 24 hours to allow them a chance to adjust to any changes.
Injured horses should be assessed by a vet before CST is considered.
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