Chronic pain syndromes and performance problems in animals are frequently related to postural dysfunction, and often blamed on bad training. Sometimes it is truly a structure misalignment, not a defiant attitude, that prevents the animals from making certain movements. Vets and other licensed practitioners are able to come to Dr. Judith Shoemaker's lovely Fincastle Farm in Lancaster, PA, to learn the art and science of Postural Rehabilitation.
Postural Rehabilitation incorporates:
- the study of neurophysiology of postural reflexes
- the structure of the head, neck and spine
- the systems that control posture and movement and how they can be treated accurately.
- the ways in which domestic caretaking may compromise the health and well being of the animals
The introductory three-day course is comprised of extensive lectures, demonstrations and hands-on lab. The participants learn how to diagnose and treat postural abnormalities, restore function to the neuromusculoskeletal system at rest and during movement. The program utilizes a unique team approach, with integrative contributions from Judith Shoemaker, DVM, renowned teacher and author; Karen Gellman, DVM, PhD, an expert in animal locomotion biomechanics, with a focus on the head, neck and back; and Elizabeth Reese, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Please contact Maximum Horsepower for more information about the next course and to learn which practitioners have completed the course in your area. You will certainly want a trained Postural Rehab Practitioner to care for your animals whenever possible. Perhaps you can encourage your local vet to inquire about the program so you can all benefit from it.