The following is a case study from a professional equine body worker who has recently purchased a FLIR thermal imaging camera to use with his practice.
The horse being treated had always had problems with its shoulder, and when body work was performed the problem felt superficial. At the end of the session, the horse was improved but still sore. The lack of full improvement prompted the body worker to scan the horse with his FLIR thermal imaging camera.
When the problem area was scanned, it showed a strip of blue (which indicates the area was cold, due to poor circulation) down the horse’s scapula. The body worker’s best guess was that the problem lay in the deeper muscles; he had been working the superficial subclavian muscle on the shoulder but he figured the deeper infraspinate muscle was actually the issue. Because the deeper muscle could not be reached through the superficial muscle, he worked on the chest, gradually going back up the shoulder. The idea was to loosen the muscles at the base and hopefully increase circulation and release the tight muscle.
After the second body work session, he re-scanned the horse with the FLIR thermal imaging camera and it no longer showed a blue strip of cold area, meaning circulation had returned. At this point the horse was happy, walked off easily, and then stayed better.
By using a thermal imaging camera it is possible to more readily identify the possible source of an issue, which focuses your treatments. Along with improving results, it makes your time spent more effective and more efficient. Learn more about thermal imaging cameras.
Below are illustrations of the horse's superficial and deep muscles, with the area of involvement marked.
|The Superficial Muscles of the Horse
|Deeper Muscles of the Horse
Images courtesy of Equine Anatomy Reference Charts.
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