In Equine CranioSacral (ECS) therapy, we are bringing balance back to the horse’s body. ECS work is a holistic healing practice that uses extremely light finger presses to optimize the horse’s musculoskeletal health and body movement. The specific focus of treatment includes the head (and individual bones), the core link (the spinal cord), the sacrum, and the pelvis. There is no actual bone manipulation. However, we feel for restrictions or adhesions in the soft tissue layers, which reflect in tissue and throughout the horse’s body. By using a light touch, a practitioner can discern the different areas of the horse where there is a healthy movement or lack of movement, similar to an acupuncturist palpating the flow of energy through meridian pathways.
Horses have accidents that can result in damage to the skeletal structure. They also have pressures from bridles, bits, nosebands, halters (pull-backs), etc. When pressures occur, it affects the bone’s position and possibly the nerve function of any other 12 cranial nerves. The damage from pressure can affect blood supply, tear duct and sinus drainage, circulation, and proaction of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which can contribute to a horse becoming sound sensitive or spooky.
Cerebral Spinal Fluid flows in the spinal cord like a wave. We feel that wave and assess what is going on. We want to restore harmony in all the systems by rebalancing the craniosacral rhythm. There must be a balance between the CranioSacral system, the musculature, and the organs.