Methods of Treatment
Treatment of the sacroiliac joint
My examinations and treatments are based on a holistic view of the horse and the problem/previous treatments, of the horse.
The holistic approach includes:
If deemed necessary, I see the horse in longe, this especially if the horse is out of step or lame.
When I have seen the horse in motion, in some cases with a rider, I examine the horse by thoroughly reviewing the horse’s muscles. I look for pain, warmth, stiffness, swelling, muscle development and movement restrictions in the joints.
Before the treatment, I always use a laser to soften and loosen the muscles. The laser is also used to alleviate pain, so you kill ‘two birds with one stone’, since it will both loosen and pain soothe the horse at the same time.
Often you can see and feel a big difference after the first treatment. Expect a minimum two treatments before the horse is completely free from the complications from the SI joint.
When muscles and joints are softened, it is possible to manipulate the build-up in the SI joint so the joint plates can slide into place. Once this is done, the front legs and hind legs are stretched in opposite directions. Make sure that the horse is aligned in the pelvis. I also check to make sure the horse’s neck and jaw bones are positioned correctly. Any gaps / issues are subsequently corrected.
Then use various techniques to make sure that SI joint is positioned correctly and the problem is solved.
If the rider is interested, I instruct in stretching the horse.
Usually you can see and feel a remarkable difference after the first treatment. You should expect a minimum of two treatments for the horse is completely free of the injury and problems caused by the sacroiliac joint.
In severe cases of SI joint injuries, the horse will require daily treatment with both manipulation and laser treatment.
In case of such severe injury, it is possible that the horse can be put up in my stables for daily treatment and training sessions over bars, longe work and possibly riding by appointment.