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Putting Together the Puzzle

I was called to go look at a new client. All I knew was that he had torn a ligament in a hind leg while working in sloppy footing. He is a Welsh pony who competes in combined driving. He had his back to me as I walked into his pen, and I asked the owner  “Was it the right hind that was injured?”  It turns out it was, and the reason I thought so was that his right hip was higher than the left, and the muscles of his right gluteals looked tight. He has been cleared to work. The original injury has healed. But the pony has been experiencing pain in his back and behind the left shoulder. I also noticed atrophy on the left side of his neck.

I believe the back pain is from a major spasm at the junction of the longissimus dorsi and gluteals on the right side. When a horse is injured, there might have been a spasm before that caused the injury, or the spasm formed after the injury due to lame walking and posture. In this case I don’t know which came first, as I met the pony after the injury.

I think the atrophy in the neck may be due to the spasm in the serratus muscles (behind the shoulder) on the left side. I worked on all 25 Stress Points, focusing extra attention on the spasms and on the long back muscles. I also used the cold laser on the areas where he was experiencing pain. It may take a few sessions, but I am confident that this wonderful and affectionate (he rested his head on my shoulder while I worked) animal will return to his job once his body is balanced.

A Big Improvement!

Last week I wrote about a pony that competes in combined driving. He had recovered from an injury in a hind leg, but had severe pain in his back. Today I went back. The pain was better, but I still felt spasms at both attachments of the long back muscles. The forward attachment is by the withers. The other end attaches on either side of the sacrum. I applied deep pressure at all the spasms and alternated that with spreading the muscle fibers of the longissimus dorsi (back muscle) itself. After about 40 minutes, the pony started to hang his head and really relax. The pain seemed to be gone. The owner walked and trotted him out for me and he looked great. I will go back in 2 weeks for a check, but I think it is time for him to go back to work.  I thought it might take six weeks to see this kind of recovery, but it just shows me how releasing spasms can provide tremendous relief.

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