Acta Vet. Brno 2017, 86: 75-84

Adapting craniosacral therapy to treat horses

Weronika Kanik1, Jacek Augustyn2, Barbara Tombarkiewicz1

1University of Agriculture in Krakow, Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology, Department of Veterinary, Reproduction and Welfare of Animals, Institute of Veterinary Sciences, Krakow, Poland
2AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, Krakow, Poland

Received January 24, 2016
Accepted February 17, 2017

Craniosacral therapy is an acknowledged therapeutic method used for treating humans. It derives from osteopathy, being a manual technique which uses a very gentle touch. It consists in balancing the fluctuation of cerebrospinal fluid by applying appropriate holds that make it possible for the patientŐs organism to release tensions which have formed in tissues. The aim of the present work was to depict the possibility to adapt the method of craniosacral therapy used in humans to the therapy of horses. Thirteen therapeutic holds proposed for the treatment of horses were described and interpreted graphically on the basis of therapy of 62 horses with different disorders. A total of 241 craniosacral therapy treatments were performed. The adaptation of presented craniosacral therapy holds to equine therapy was developed by the first author on the basis of relevant holds used in the biodynamic craniosacral therapy in humans and in own therapeutic practice. The effects of own practice and data available in literature suggest that craniosacral therapy seems to be an effective method of improving the state of health of horses suffering from different complaints that may cause major difficulties in sport, breeding or private use of the animals. The use of thermography made it possible to record the effects of therapy and some processes accompanying it, which had been impossible before.


This paper was supported by DS-3263/ZWRiDZ.


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