A New Therapeutic Technology for our Animal Companions
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(link to the beginning of Article)I know that's a mouthful. I developed this therapeutic technology over decades treating thousands and thousands of patients. The old adage, Necessity is the mother of invention," explains the evolution from what was traditional chiropractic techniques to what I apply to animal patients today. Which frankly doesn't look anything like traditional chiropractic treatment. When one is confronted by an animal patient in terrible pain or who has suddenly lost the use of their rear legs and the desperate owners have come to you as a last resort after all traditional Veterinary modalities have failed and sometimes after Veterinary Acupuncture and previous Animal Chiropractors have also failed, you are compelled go to any and all lengths to come up with a healing solution that you haven't thought of or tried before, when "Damn It," everything that worked on similar previous cases is just not working! You go do bed at night and wake up in the morning thinking about these cases. Sometimes you stumble upon a solution serendipitously or by trial and error or sometimes just blind luck, or you suddenly feel something on palpation that you never felt before because your tactile acuity just wasn't sensitive enough previously. Or you feel a pattern in the connective tissue of the patient that finally makes sense to you and you act upon it and viola the next visit the excited and grateful pet owner tells you, "whatever you did last visit made a huge difference!" This will send you in new directions to fully explore why what you performed that visit made a difference when nothing else was working.
For chiropractors reading this, if you rely upon traditional static palpation or motion palpation diagnostically I hate to tell you that there is a world of conditions you will fail to detect the source of and resolve. How can I say this? Because I learned Motion Palpation directly from L. John Faye himself in the 80's and saw upwards of 300 human patients a week relying solely upon Motion Palpation diagnostically. So I got pretty good at it. However, when I began really treating a significant number of animal patients I found it wanting in far too many desperate cases. I will give you but one example of many to drive the point home. The accompanying picture is a case you will confront if you have treated many animal patients and you won't resolve this case. This Shih Tzu is barely able to move, back roached, low head carriage, and crying out with paroxysmal neck spasms. You won't find the source or resolve this case with any traditional chiropractic diagnostic or treatment methods! In fact you will make this condition significantly worse blindly "activating" it or trying a "pop and pray," adjustment. I failed in these cases for years until I discovered the source and figured how to treat these extremely delicate cases. I will give you a little hint though, "Look globally to resolve focally!"
Traditionally Chiropractors have focused on the joints or articulations of the body. Physical Therapists have focused primary on the muscles of the body. NMR-T eschews focusing on singular categories of connective tissue elements and analyzes the corpus of connective tissue as whole and detects the dysfunctional interplay between the connective tissue elements to resolve the issue.
Perhaps the simplest analogy to explain this technology is to envision a time when you awoke in the middle of the night with your night shirt or nightgown twisted uncomfortably tight around you, such that you couldn’t easily move and the constriction was distressing enough to wake you from a sound sleep. So when you awoke, what did you do to relieve your suffering? You diagnosed the problem and instituted a remedy or healing solution that resulted in relief from the structural and functional derangement. It wasn’t rocket science, you merely lifted yourself up, straightened out your sleeping attire, thereby relieving the imbalance, and promptly returned to a comfortable rest. Your body is one vast and complex mass of connective tissue. The immeasurable interrelationships and interplays between muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, and cartilage, are what encompasses far more than the shape that looks back at you when you gaze into a full length mirror. As complex a system, I venture to say, has never been equaled in this universe and yet its purpose is as simple and uncomplicated as the act of reaching out and grasping the ears of your furry companion to bring them in close enough for a kiss on the cheek. So, when such acts or a thousand others become uncomfortable for you or your pet, it’s time to find out why and input the healing solution that returns everything to the comfort of an unrestricted state of homeostatic balance!
Another if more fanciful way of understanding the application of NMR-T is the following. Let us for a moment visualize your companion's body as the earth and all of the Plate Tectonic interactions, that produce immeasurable structural stresses and strains at the plate boundaries, are that which is causing your Pet’s distress and incapacity. Having diagnosed the problem, if one could determine what directional force(s), at what depth, and over what duration, that would eliminate all of the structural stress and strain at these plate boundaries, then in theory one could bring the entire earth into balance and eliminate the specter of violent temblors and volcanism. A silly thought experiment I realize, however this "Disneyesque" metaphor nonetheless expresses a pretty accurate description of Neuromyofascial Release Therapy for animals.