Fanny is a 4 year old New Forest pony.

2 months ago, Fanny was returned to her owner from being leased because of ongoing lameness in her right front leg. Fanny had gone lame several months prior and had been treated with anti-inflammatory medication. Following the injury, Fanny continued to be ridden and had her front hooves trimmed back at the toe because she was not extending her shoulders forward. Several days after her return, Fanny's owner had xrays taken of the leg because the inflammation had not reduced at all. The xray identified a fracture in the splint bone. It was later reveled that Fanny had been worked in very deep sand, which probably caused the fracture.

An existing client, Fanny's owner understands the benefits of massage and asked me to treat her to help with the healing process. Following veterinary advise and several weeks of confinement, I started massaging Fanny. Because she had continued to be ridden with this injury, the muscle compensation had already taken its toll on her body. The entire right shoulder region and leg muscles were hard and contracted with multiple knots present. The neck, shoulder and lumbar region on her left side was also starting to harden and contract. Because of confinement, her lymphatic system was affected, causing a build up of fluid throughout her entire system. Fanny's first treatment consisted of gentle massage to stimulate the lymphatic system, lubricate the fascia and start to soften the hard, contracted muscles.

Her owner said Fanny laid down following the first massage and for several days after the treatment, the inflammation in her injured leg has reduced. With the owner working gently over the injured leg each day to assist with fluid drainage and further massage treatments to promote fresh oxygenated blood into the effected muscles, Fanny has started to move around in a larger space and is on the road to a full recovery.

Latte Beaumont's people first contacted me in May 2010.

At this stage Latte was a thirteen year old Golden Retriever who was sufferring pain due to arthritis in her hind legs.

Myofunctional therapy assists with the pain of arthritis by promoting toxin release from the affected joints, allowing joints to become more fluid in action and softening and stretching muscles that had been compensating for restricted joint movement. Latte compensated a lot with her shoulder and neck muscles due to the pain and reduced muscle mass in her hindquarters, essentially pulling herself around with the front half of her body.

Following the initial 3 sessions with Latte, her owners reported she was more energetic and able to move around with less effort. As her treatments continued, Latte’s hindquarter muscles; gluteal mm., femoral biceps m. and semitendinous m. improved in strength and function due to the increased blood flow through the muscle fibres. By softening and stretching the muscles through her neck and shoulders, Latte was able to more effectively use her entire body and improve her body balance and range of movement. During the time I treated Latte, she suffered from Canine Vestibular and Laryngeal Paralysis, both conditions more common in older dogs.

Massage helped Latte rebalance and regain her spatial awareness following the effects of the Vestibular, and working with post surgery techniques after the Laryngeal Paralysis, massage promoted healing through her throat and neck to achieve a full recovery.

I was privileged to have treated Latte, a strong willed dog who loved life and through massage was able to better enjoy her last years.

RIP Latte.

Spider is a 2 ½ yr old AKITA male who is a very successful show dog.

In Dec 2011 Spider underwent knee surgery in his right hind leg to correct a slipping patella. Spider's owners were aware of the rehabilitation time required to ensure the joint completely healed before Spider was able to continue performing. I designed a rehabilitation program for Spider that commenced 3 weeks after surgery. Gentle massage was applied over the suture line to assist with reducing fluid build up and to prevent scar tissue forming, which would restrict muscle function.

Once Spider was able to fully bear weight on the leg, passive joint movements were introduced to assist with ligament strength and short, controlled walks commenced to promote muscle building and lymphatic drainage. A critical part of rehabilitation is resetting proprioception, retraining muscle memory in the affected limb to function correctly as the pain of surgery has diminished.

As Spider's leg became stronger, we introduced repetitive pole exercises, ensuring he flexed and extended his leg correctly to reconfigure the brain to remember that action.

9 months on, Spider's leg has completely healed, there is no scar tissue and he has full range of movement. Spider continues to receive maintenance treatments as part of his health and wellbeing program.

Nelda is a 6 yr old Thoroughbred mare starting her fourth racing preparation. Nelda has struggled in the past with incorrect front hoof balance, where she was walking on her toes. This imbalance placed extreme pressure on the muscles through the shoulders and forelegs, causing hypertrophy in the deltoid m., cervical trapezius m. and brachial triceps m.. The foreleg extensor mm. were hyper-extended due to the position of the front feet.

When I first met Nelda, her attitude was defensive due to the discomfort she was experiencing and the range of movement through her shoulders, withers and neck was significantly restricted. Over the past 5 months Nelda's progress has seen a significant improvement in the size, texture and function of her shoulder muscles and range of movement. Her attitude has become more positive and she looks forward to the treatments.

Nelda will continue to receive monthly treatments to further improve and maintain the muscle function and to reduce the risk of injury.