TMJ Alignment: Floating a horse’s teeth always affects alignment of the TMJs and the entire spinal column, and laying the foundation for wellness in a horse’s mouth promotes improved health and performance through the whole body. TMJ Alignment sessions include an initial Whole Body Balance Evaluation, incorporating bodywork to evaluate the individual horse’s muscular health, posture and range of motion. The bodywork can also help to increase relaxation and release tension patterns through stomatognathic and craniosacral connections. After the evaluation Dental Alignment of the TMJs includes articulate adjustments made with specialized hand floats, to both the incisors and molars.
Occlusion patterns, texture and angles in the horse’s teeth affect the alignment and natural rotation of the TMJs, ongoing patterns of eruption and wear, neuromuscular health and movement through the whole body. During the work the horse stands with freedom of movement in the whole body, and is given frequent breaks to relax, release and reset while adjusting gradually to the changes. Because Neuromuscular Horse Dentistry™ brings a horse’s TMJs and teeth into balanced rotation and wear, less work will need to be done over time in order to maintain dental alignment. This also allows us to preserve more tooth in the mouth, throughout the horse’s lifetime.
Any time we float the teeth we are affecting the alignment of the TMJs, and there is not yet widespread or common understanding of this subject in the industries of veterinary and equine dentistry. Please ask questions – your horse, and all horses can benefit from your understanding!
Whole Body Balance: During bodywork Gretchen focuses on establishing relaxed communication with the horse, identifying and releasing tension, and improving range of motion through key junctions of the body. She offers sessions per individual horse, which include an initial full body evaluation, followed by about an hour of bodywork. It is generally easiest to work in a stall or run in, wherever the horse is most comfortable and relaxed. You may have the opportunity to learn easy techniques and to discuss key components affecting Whole Body Balance for the individual horse.
Bodywork sessions are based in The Masterson Method®, a mixed modality practice incorporating concepts from chiropractic theory, neurological/energy work, myofascial release, craniosacral principles, acupressure, massage, and more. This method of bodywork strongly emphasizes listening to the horses and following their responses, encouraging relaxation as the foundation then followed by movement to release deep layers of tension. Gretchen also integrates advanced training and attunements in Reiki, additional acupressure points, horsemanship and sometimes basic use of essential oils.
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The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing is based out of Jaffrey, NH and educates Reiki practitioners in the tradition of Usui Shiki Ryoho. Learn more about the practice of reiki at learnreiki.org
Combined Services: Because the teeth and TMJs affect spinal alignment and tension patterns through the whole body, it is valuable for the horse to have relevant bodywork in conjunction with dental adjustments. Horses will oftentimes come into alignment naturally with improved dental balance, however bodywork within the first 3-6 weeks can be powerful for integration, efficiency and longevity of results. Gretchen’s Whole Body Balance sessions involve specific releases for the TMJs, hyoid, poll, neck and front end connections, initiating movement through the entire spine and mobilizing the lumbosacral and pelvic junction areas. The releases offered in Masterson Method® work will initiate the letting go of residual tension patterns through the stomatognathic system and craniosacral connections. Gretchen has found this work to be highly valuable for complementing the horse’s neuromuscular reset following TMJ Alignment™, and initiating new neurological pathways which help to guide lasting changes in movement and performance.
Some horses continue to release tension patterns and build new movements when worked through slow and thoughtful movements at the walk, following bodywork. As the horse relaxes through the jaw and poll he can return to the parasympathetic nervous system, initiating relaxation through the spinal column that is necessary for natural alignment through the entire spine. Slow and careful work on the ground or under saddle can enhance the horse’s understanding of postural and range of motion changes through the body. This type of conditioning works with the cybernetic muscles that are richly innervated and located in the spinal column!
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