Oonagh Bannister BSc(Hons) EEBW EEMFR RCST
Cambridgeshire based Equine Body Worker and Mobile Therapist
Craniosacral Therapy & Myofascial Release for horse and rider
Equine Craniosacral Therapy
Oonagh has been qualified as a Registered Craniosacral Therapist since 2010. She has also studied with Maureen Rogers of Equine Craniosacral Workshops to add additional skills for working specifically with horses.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle treatment which was developed by American osteopath John E. Upledger, who was Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University from the work of Dr William Sutherland - the pioneer of cranial osteopathy.
The therapy involves very light touch with the hands on the body to evaluate and enhance the functioning of a body system called the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, extending from the skull to the tailbone. The aim is to release restrictions in this system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
Being very gentle, non invasive and non drug based, CST is suitable for all horses and ponies, even those with acute pain. Successful treatment has been reported in a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic. These include arthritis, back pain, lameness, bitting issues and behavioural problems. There is also benefit for head shakers and crib biters due to the release of cranial compression to restore form and function throughout the body. Cranial compression afftects the whole body and the horses head is subjected to compression from bits, bridles, halters, dentistry, rider interaction and more. Significant biomechanical and postural changes can also be achieved in just one session of Craniosacral therapy.
As a general rule, three to ten sessions will make a significant impact to your horse’s health, and in some cases only one session can make a dramatic difference. Some however will need regular treatment for longer periods of time.