Neuromuscular Dentistry: A full body dental exam can help to evaluate in which ways your horse’s health and performance are currently affected by dentistry. Adjustments made to a horse’s teeth affect the whole body, and laying the foundation for balance in a horse’s mouth can promote improved health and performance. Gretchen is a student of Spencer LaFlure’s school for Natural Balance Dentistry™.
Spencer LaFlure’s program enrolls students from around the world, including veterinarians, farriers and trimmers, osteopaths and bodyworkers, and progressive horsemen and women from all disciplines. Students come together three times per year at different locations in the U.S. to share extensive research, experience, and skills all in pursuit of helping the horse. The practice of Natural Balance Dentistry™ has previously been coined Advanced Whole Horse Dentistry, and recently re-named Neuromuscular Horse Dentistry.
As a Natural Balance Dentist advanced working student, Gretchen offers full mouth balances. This begins with a full body exam in which she incorporates bodywork principles to evaluate the individual horse’s muscular health and range of motion, posture and general balance. Equine dentistry can and does affect all of these things, including even (especially) the health and balance of a horse’s feet. After an exam the horse’s teeth can be balanced according to individual anatomy and needs, beginning with the incisors first and then the molars.
Specialized hand floats are used because they correctly fit the natural angles of a horse’s teeth, and allow for small, precise and specific adjustments which will affect the balance of a horse’s TMJ and corresponding neurological health and biomechanics. 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 in balance. Because neuromuscular dentistry brings a horse’s TMJ and teeth into balanced rotation and wear, less work will need to be done over time in order to maintain dental balance. There are presently many misconceptions surrounding the practice of equine dentistry, veterinary dentistry, floating, and what is best to have done with your horse’s teeth and why, so please ask questions!
To learn more about Natural Balance Dentistry™ visit www.neuromuscularhorsedentistry.com
Or check out my resources page with links to many educational articles accessible online!
Masterson Method Equine Bodywork: Practicing bodywork establishe relaxed communication, identifies and releases tension, and improves range of motion. Gretchen is a Masterson Method® Certified Practitioner. Jim Masterson educates top level horsemen around the world in his method, which mixes concepts from many modalities including neurological/energy work, fascial release, craniosacral principles, acupuncture meridians and points, massage, chiropractic theory and more! This method of bodywork strongly emphasizes listening to the horses and following their responses, encouraging relaxation followed by movement to release deep layers of tension. Gretchen offers Masterson Method® sessions per individual horse, which include an initial full body evaluation, followed by an hour to hour and a half session of bodywork.
To learn more about The Masterson Method® visit www.mastersonmethod.com