Originally Posted by nvr2many
Ladona, would you mind explaining to me what you are doing to Isabella? I think I missed it.
Isabella has been experiencing a lot of stiffness from what I thought was arthritis. She has been on joint supplements and an all natural pain reliever. (B-L Pellets)
But lately she seemed to be getting worse and I didn't want to start adequan injections. I belong to a Virginia Horses facebook group and someone suggested I check out MFR therapy.
I contacted a local certified therapist who came out 3 weeks ago. I did not give her a lot of info beforehand. I just said that my horse had been diagnosed with arthritis and told her that my vet said it was fine to try more natural treatments.
She watched her walk and immediately told me that Isabella's right hip was higher than her left which was throwing her entire body out of whack. She also had me watch her walk from the side and take notice of now her spine had ZERO movement and that the spine should be fluid when she walks.
She worked on her for over an hour and when she was done, Izzy's hips were even and her spine was moving beautifully. If I hadn't seen it with my own two eyes, I wouldn't believe it.
Myofascia is like scar tissue that builds up and hinders movement, making horses ( and humans) compensate in other ways, causing issues and pain. MFR breaks up or releases the tissue and frees up the movement once again.
It is an approach that is starting to gain popularity because it can lessen the use of medications and injections and is 100% natural.
I totally see a difference in her movement. She has always been so "tense" and I have discovered it is because she has a lot of myofascia, probably from the years of being a polo pony.
Here is a link to the therapist I used. It has more info. She also works on people. Equine Myofascial Release Therapy - Virginia's Proactive Wellness Concepts - Prince William County, VA and surrounding areas