He'd had past injuries and was unbalanced at the canter disuniting.
On assessment he had several restricted ribs, restriction in his left hip, his sternum was crocked, had lack of range of movement through his neck, had tightness in both his shoulders, was spasming through his loins, his head was slightly tilted to the off-side with his left ear and eye higher than the other side and his right eye forward.
I released all of the diaphragms (deep connective tissue) to take pressure of his musculo-skeletal/craniosacral systems.
I checked and released the psoas muscles, his lumbo-sacral and sacral-coccygeal joints and his inter-transverse joints to allow his pelvis to move more freely. I also started gentle release work on his front ribs.
During this session I focused on releasing the deep ligament that supports the pelvis: sacrosciatic ligament. (Check it out on google to see how vast this ligament is). I also released the soft tissue around the hip joints with more focus on the left. His diaphragms this time released a lot more and I did deeper work with both psoas muscles and started gently releasing ribs 16-17.
Third Session Feedback
"Nice ride, canter strike from walk coming. A bit more even bending. Lateral movement a bit easier and DISUNITING HAS DISAPPEARED SINCE THE LAST SESSION!" (and hasn't returned).
This is why I love craniosacral therapy (CST). Just two sessions and a dramatic change for Nigel. This is because CST focuses on releasing the tissues that hold the horse's body together. The techniques work with the bodies intelligence and are non-forceful. I just facilitate and wait for the body to respond. You may think that I am not doing anything but with a deeper focus you will probably see my hands moving with the horse's tissues as they release.
Something else to bear in mind with this therapy is that it is a whole body therapy not just a musculo-skeletal therapy as it works indirectly with releasing the central nervous system and, therefore, all the body's systems.
As I am treating I love to share what is happening. My passion is to help horse's to improve their overall wellbeing and improve their performance.