Chronic lameness or poor performance is often a local symptom of an issue that has been referred from another area as a result of compensation. When the body is no longer able to compensate then we see lameness or some other behavioural issue that is telling us something isn't right.
Treating the site of the lameness that then occurs is important but it is equally important to work out why it occurred and correct that too, otherwise treatment will only ever be transient and lameness will recur, maybe at the same point or maybe elsewhere if another area has now become the weakest link in the chain.
Roger treats all lameness from the same perspective - treat the obvious, but look for the cause and address that too. Using this approach and advanced treatment techniques, such Scenar, Roger can often get a much quicker result that lasts.
Proximal Suspensory Desmitis (PSD)
The following are just a selection of testimonials from some of the many happy clients who opted for a more holistic approach to PSD. PSD is always secondary to another problem elsewhere which is why treatment aimed at this alone is rarely successful which has unfortunately lead to the favoured surgical technique of neurectomy of the plantar nerve and fasciotomy around the ligament. The latest quoted figure used to justify how "successful" surgery is, is that 78% are sound a year after surgery. Clearly the number of horses which then become lame again increases beyond this point as previously the cut-off period for denoting "success" was 2 years. When both the PSD and the root cause are addressed simultaneously the lameness is resolvable without surgery and lasts many years with proper care and maintenance.
- "I owe it to treating PSD holistically" said Karen Simpson as reported in Horse & Hound in 2011.
- "Thank you for sorting Whoop! He did his first competition since his PSD problems. 2nd, 1st, 2nd against the para team horses. He was fabulous! Thanks so much!" Bert Sheffield, International Para-Dressage Rider for Canada
- "I simply cannot recommend Roger and his team highly enough. My horse had become spooky, shooting forward and sideways to the point of being dangerous to ride. He couldn't canter united, did not want to go forward into a contact and was generally very unhappy. Vets diagnosed SI and Suspensory ligament damage which after several thousand pounds worth of treatment was only likely to improve his performance (and comfort) by 75%.
After two weeks treatment with Roger, I not only have my old horse back but the new improved version! Not only did he stop spooking and rushing off immediately after his treatment, he is working better than ever. We are now nearly three months post treatment and Charlie continues to go from strength to strength. I couldn't be happier, thank you guys!" Jane Laid 2014
- "A massive thank you to Roger for all the work with my horse Jeeves a few years ago now, this weekend he qualified for the Supreme Championship at the Veteran Horse Society Championship show in a couple of weeks, something we never thought he would do when he first injured his suspensories." Madeline Heath in 2015
- "When we bought him we were told he cannot show jump. Since you treated him for PSD he has been successfully jumping!!"
Roger has been successfully treating tendon injuries in horses for over 20 years using Scenar. The sooner and more intensively the treatment starts the quicker will be the result with the least amount of scarring, if any. Scenar typically speeds healing speeds by 3-4 times the normal rate.
Scenar can treat old and chronic tendon injuries too, often reducing the residual scarring from the original injury and helping to regain functionality. Chronic and older injuries typically do not require such an intensive treatment regime as for acute injuries.
Roger has received the following testimonials in regard to treating tendon injuries.
- "I wanted a long-term solution, not something that looked okay on the scan for five minutes." Kate Tarrant, Professional Event Rider as reported in the Horse & Hound in 2010.
- "Thanks to your help, my horse that my usual vet told me to shoot 18 months ago has just successfully completed a 50 mile endurance race and now looking to go even further!" International Endurance Rider, 2006
- "His tendon is healing with no scarring or adhesions. My Vet now thinks he will be able to do dressage again, which was thought unlikely when he first did the injury." Dressage Rider 2001
- "The old mare you treated for old tendon injuries in both front legs who we had retired to the field is now back in work in the Riding School and has also re-established herself as the top mare in her field group" Will Hay, 1998. This mare continued in work until she was PTS as the result of colic a few years later.
Lameness in Dogs
Scenar works equally well for treating dogs - usually for back issues, partial cruciate ligament tears and strains, other joint problems and muscular injuries. Roger has received the following testimonials following treatment.
- "This is just a quick note to say the biggest thank you for so kindly driving all that way to see my Aunt's dog in Newark, Lincs the other day especially at such a short notice. My Aunt has reported that Cherry had been very miserable, but the morning after you treated her, Cherry was like a different dog. She has a new lease of life and has been so happy and is bouncing around everywhere! The wounds on the leg are now healing really well too." IL, 2015
- "My Great Dane puppy had a ligament injury at a very early age. My Vet wanted expensive and very intrusive surgery, that had all sorts of risks of it going wrong and was very severe. Roger gave two sessions of SCENAR, and Teifi's injury was as good as new - he has had Best Puppy In Breeds at championship shows since." Kris Kingsley, 2015
- "I was at first a bit sceptical but once I put her on the tablets she is back to being a happier dog. Thanks again. I will be ordering regularly." This was with regard to a bioresonance formula for Osteoarthritis
- "We are delighted with the results since a month ago our own Vet was telling us our dog Ruby may have to have her toe amputated." IG, Hants, 1999