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Contents on this page:
*Foals born with Angular Limb Deformity (Contracted Tendons)
*Reversing Saddle Fit Damage with The Touch and Torch Method™
*Post-Surgical Healing with The Touch and Torch Method™
*Post-Surgical Ligament and Tendon healing with The Touch and Torch Method™
Don't let this happen to you!



MYTH:  FOALS BORN WITH CONTRACTED TENDONS WILL "JUST GROW OUT OF IT"

Don't let this happen to you! 

 Sometimes contracted tendons will correct on their own, but not always, or often.  The process of healing begins immediately after birth and continues to improve daily if the body is able to heal the tendons on it's own.  If there is no immediate change, or the condition begins to worsen they WILL NOT heal without intervention.

The Touch and Torch Method of Natural Healing has proven to be a revolutionary treatment for healing contracted tendons.

This procedure is totally natural, non-traumatic, non-invasive, time and cost effective.  AND IT WORKS!

The sooner after birth the treatment is started, the less stress on the vulnerable joints which helps assure the soundness of the horse for life.
 


Foals Born with Angular Limb Deformity (contracted  tendons) and treated with the
Touch and Torch Method™


Butch Before & After Treatment

    

Jeremiah Before & After Treatment

    

 

My first cases using photonic therapy and TTM™ began on foals born with contracted tendons.  The tendon relaxation results were phenomenal and I soon discovered that this method of treatment could also be used to treat a multitude of other conditions naturally and successfully.  With TTM™ I use photonic therapy, massage therapy and other natural conjunctive therapies.  The combination of these treatments addresses a broader range of soft tissue manipulation, stimulates blockage release and flushing, while energizing the body's own healing center at the cellular level.   

I would like to share some case stories with you to show the effectiveness and diversity of photonic therapy and The Touch and Torch Method™.

BUGS

  I was at a breeder's barn one day last summer and I always have to have a look at the babies before I leave.  When I got to Bugs' stall I first noticed his color.  He is a palomino with the dun factor, very unusual and beautiful.  When he started to walk towards me I saw that his tendons were contracted in his front legs.  His legs would hardly support him and they wobbled and rotated in every joint when he moved.   It made you hurt to watch him walk.

Bugs was forward at the knees and his knees were pulled inward to touching and even scissoring each other, while the cannon bones pointed severely to the sides. His pasterns were almost flat to the ground and all the leg joints were in extreme distress.  The tendons were rigid with some tearing, while the muscles on the forelegs were severely atrophied.  His tendons were so tight, thin and round that they felt like piano wire.

When I first started treating him I was not confident that I could help him, but I knew I had to try. With the first 3 treatments there was not a significantly noticeable difference and I began losing confidence in my abilities to heal this foal.  Then on the 4th treatment I finally saw results.  I knew I was on the right track and I began more aggressive treatments.  Because his tendons were so severely contracted, they were the only thing that was supporting his legs.  The muscles had not been allowed to work properly and his forearms were atrophied. As I treated the tendons to increase laxity, I also had to rehabilitate and strengthen the muscles so that they could support his legs correctly.

I treated Bugs over a period of 2 months with 11 treatments.  He was a real trooper and we worked together without a handler after the first two treatments.  Because his condition had been allowed to go on for 5 weeks, it had become chronic.  His body was accepting this deformity as normal, adjusting to it, and the progress was not as rapid had treatments started sooner.  After the 4th treatment the progress was steady, improving with each treatment.    Because this treatment heals and rehabilitates in conjunction gradually, it is not stressful or traumatic for the foals' mind or body, allowing healing to occur naturally.

The key to this and all other conditions is early treatment.  Every incorrect step that a horse takes is compromising the soundness of that horse for the rest of his life. Joint health is extremely important for the length and quality of the life of the horse.  When treatments were started on other foals in the first week after birth the healing was rapid, with a large percentage of healing on the first treatment.  When treated early, the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments are never allowed to be compromised and become unwell.

I last saw Bugs at 6 months old and he was straight, strong and beautiful.  He has continued to grow strong and healthy.  Photonic therapy saved Bugs' life.  The owner told me that she would not have done surgery and would have put him down if the treatments hadn't worked.   I am so thankful that I was at the right place at the right time.  
I know Bugs is! 

Bugs Before & After Treatment

   

 
 

 

 

 Reversing Saddle Fit Damage with The Touch and Torch Method™

CHEX

Over the years I have been around horses that seemed to have "attitude" issues.  Often I was certain that there was an underlying physical condition that contributed to the mental state of that horse.  This was one of the things that prompted me to further my education in equine massage and photonic therapy.  I wanted to be able to identify physical issues and be able to help heal them, which could also help heal the mental status of the horse.

Chex is a perfect example of how a good horse was nearly given up on.  At the end of his 60 days in training, the trainer told the owner that "his horse was lazy and would never amount to anything".  When the owner was told this he was devastated.   Not wanting to give up on him, the owner took him to another trainer for a second opinion.  The second trainer called me and said that he believed that Chex was sore and asked if I would come and take a look.

Chex is a 2 year old reining/cutting bred, bay Quarter Horse gelding.  When I first met Chex his disposition was sour and he didn't seem to have much use for humans at all.  He had a hard time standing still, was always messing with something, trying to bite, never quiet and ears laid back all the time.  To me it was instantly obvious by the "hand sized" patches of white hair on either side of his withers,  the excessive muscle buildup in front of the scapula and the atrophy behind, that this horse had been ridden for 60 days in a saddle that did not fit.  I told the owner and the trainer that I believed that Chex was in so much pain that it hurt him to move and he finally had to refuse.   Every day he was ridden, the saddle caused more damage.  It is a tribute to the integrity and try of this horse that he was able to go as long as he did.  At this point the injuries had become chronic and it took 6 treatments to make Chex well again.  With the initial treatment I was able to increase blood flow into the wither area and begin to release incorrect contracted muscles and start to rehabilitate the ones that were atrophied.  Progress began immediately and he continued to progress at a good rate with each treatment. Even the white hairs disappeared.

After 4 treatments he was put back into training.  I saw him 2 months later and I hardly recognized him.  His attitude was great He was well muscled, with incredible forearms, the atrophy was gone, and he could bend in half and slide stop with the best of them.  Turns out he isn't lazy at all and you should see him work a cow! 

Chex is balanced and happy and the owner is ecstatic.  If the owner had not gotten a second opinion this magnificent 2 year old's life would have been over instead of just starting.

 





Post-Surgical Healing with The Touch and Torch Method™

JUNIOR

Junior is a 4 year old cutting/reining bred, sorrel Quarter Horse stallion.  He had just started his show career and had several shows under his belt (saddle) when catastrophe struck.

   One day Junior starting showing symptoms that indicated colic.  The owner routinely calls me for photonic treatments when he has a horse with colic, but I was out of town.  The owner started traditional colic treatments, but nothing eased Juniors' pain so he rushed him off to Colorado State University Equine Center.
 

 It was determined there that Junior had a twisted testicle and part of the small intestine had slipped through the twist and was damaged.  Junior had surgery to remove a section of his small intestine and his left testicle.  He was to stay at CSU in recovery for a week.  It was apparent after a few days that Junior was depressed and in a lot of pain and the owner was worried that he was not going to make it.  The owner stayed with him as much as he could and also brought a friend that worked at the barn with Junior.  Being with the ones he loved helped his depression, so they brought him home.

Back at the barn,Junior was in so much pain the owner called me to see if I could help Junior with his swelling and pain.  When I first saw Junior I was shocked to see the intense swelling on his belly from his groin to his front legs on both sides at the bottom of his rib-cage.  The edema was so severe that it felt as hard as bone.  It was easy to see why Junior was in so much pain.Initially I opened standard acu points and then directly treated the swollen areas.  Junior was cooperative and he knew that I was trying to help him.  I was able to give him some pain relief immediately and the first treatment started the process of flushing out the edema. 

 When I came back 48 hours later for the next treatment I found the swelling reduced about 75%.  Upon touch I found that most of the edema was gone and the area was soft.  When I treated him the second time, the edema would visibly move from under the torch and start flushing out before your very eyes.  I got the owner and everyone in the barn to witness it and we all agreed that we had never seen anything like it.  The change in Juniors' attitude was like night and day.  Just to relieve the pressure made a world of difference in his mental and physical recovery. 

The third and last treatment was 48 hours later and Junior looked near normal.  All the swelling along the belly was gone and his recovery was fast and uneventful after that.

What I discovered from Juniors' treatments is that if photonic therapy is used in conjunction with the closing of any wound it will prevent the swelling from occurring and allow healing to start immediately.  Juniors' pain and trauma could have been greatly reduced as well as the owners' trauma if photonic therapy had been done in conjunction with the wound closing.  Junior is now backing in training and doing well.  Tests will be done to see if he is sterile before spring breeding, but everyone is just happy that he made it and is doing well.  He is so kind and talented.  I'm anxious to see him back in the show pen.

 



Post-Surgical Ligament and Tendon Healing with The Touch and Torch Method™


KAI

Kai is a 16 year old Missouri Fox Trotter gelding, and the apple of his owners' eye.  Loriann has had Kai since he was a yearling, they are best friends and they have ridden thousands of miles together on the trail.  Last year Kai started having problems with his rear legs.  They would give out and he would almost fall down.  The owner obtained veterinary care and it was determined by x-rays that he had bone spurs on his hocks and that the tendons were catching on them causing the leg not to be able to  move properly.  A Cuneantenectomy procedure was recommended to cut the tendons so that they would not catch on the spurs and that was supposed to resolve the problem.  The owner agreed to the procedure reluctantly, with the understanding that recovery would be very quick and results should be seen almost immediately.    After surgery, Kai did not recover immediately and instead became worse.  The owner called in several equine health professionals for other options, but no one was able to help him and they all agreed that he was not safe to be ridden and she must retire him.

I met Kai 4 months after his surgery and observed him in-hand, at a trot.  His hocks swung out in circles to the sides when he moved and it appeared that his tendons were too lax to support the hock joint.  His stifles were stiff and hardly moving at all.  It was easy to see why his legs were giving out.  Kai had also become depressed (as well as his owner).   Because he was no longer able to be ridden, his zest for life seemed to be gone.    Kai had always been the leader on the trail; he assumed that position immediately and had maintained it throughout his life.  Not being able to go with the others and do what he enjoyed so much was really taking its toll on his mental health as well.   On the first treatment I opened the McLaren 9 standard points and then I began rehabilitating the tendons directly so they could support the leg, breaking down and flushing the bone spurs and deposits in the hock joint and muscle manipulation.   My focus on this first treatment was primarily the hock. Some of the tendons had been cut apart overlaying the hock during surgery and could never be made whole again, but I was able to remove the scar tissue from them and reduce the bone spurs.

When I came back for the second treatment, 2 days later I had the owner trot him in hand to see if there was any difference. As I stood there watching with her husband, we were in disbelief as we watched him trot.  He was moving normally.  His hocks were flexing properly and his legs were moving straight underneath him! The owner didn't believe us, so she had her husband lead him so she could see and then she was also in disbelief.  She said that he had probably never moved that correct!  She said that he always had a tendency to "swing out, paddle" with his rear legs and that she accepted it as normal.   With this kind of results, I knew I was on the right track and continued regular treatments.  I did a total of 4 treatments, every second day.  With each treatment, secondary issues revealed themselves in other joints as a result of the compensation.  I treated these issues as they appeared and after 4 treatments Kai was moving correctly again and was ready for easy rehabilitation.  The owner was to call for treatments on an as needed basis as the rehabilitation progressed.

It was one month later when I heard back from Kais' owner.  She had not been able to keep up with Kai's rehabilitation and he had regressed.   Kai had regressed about 50%.  He was swinging out again, not as bad as before and with a somewhat different motion.  I started treatments as before and again made progress with each treatment.  I did 6 more treatments for a total of 10 treatments.   The owner was able to keep up with his rehabilitation this time and she had him shod for the first time in over a year!  He is currently being ridden and rehabilitated, with hopes of trail riding again in the spring.  The results were nothing short of remarkable.

Looking back on this case I believe that the lesson to be learned is awareness, education and early prevention.  Discussing Kais' history with the owner and the fact that he had always paddled out with his rear legs, we can see now that had this been recognized as a trait that might eventually cripple him, measures could have been taken to prevent further degeneration.  Because his hocks were not moving properly, his whole body compensated for that imbalance for 16 years.  Even though Kais' physical condition was deteriorating, his mental condition was "all go" and go he did, until his body wouldn't allow it.  I am constantly amazed by just how much pain a horse will tolerate before their body finally forces them to quit.

I have treated many horses with severe conditions that could have been prevented with early treatment.  When photonic therapy is used at the onset of the condition the healing can be so complete and quick that chronic issues are not allowed to develop.  Kai and many others horses have been retired prematurely in the past.  With proper treatment, many of these horses can live full lives doing the things that they enjoy.

 

The above stories are just a sample of a few horses with different issues that have been treated successfully with photonic therapy and The Touch and Torch Method™.  I have found photonic therapy to be beneficial in almost every equine ailment known.  Photonic therapy is so diverse in its healing capabilities, with such a large variety of conditions that my goal is to de-mystify and make this treatment available, so that all horses and equine enthusiasts can benefit.