I also wanted to find a kinder, safer way to heal animals.
Then I met Dr Tom Ahern – an amazing, innovative vet who had developed a method of working hands-on to release pain and tension from horses necks. He would take horses with front leg lameness that regular vets had assessed (x-rays, nerve blocks etc) several times without being able to find a cause, work on their necks, and often cure the problem!
I was fascinated, and Dr Tom generously gave me an afternoon masterclass that changed the course of my professional life, eventually leading to the creation of the Whole Energy Body Balance method (my signature world leading healing bodywork method for animals).
I started sinking my hands into and exploring the bodies of all the dogs and cats I saw in my work, and I quickly found that many had pain and tension I had been missing (and that many vets are still missing, right now!).
I have been passionately devoted to healing pain, tension, trauma, and anxiety in animals with healing bodywork ever since (22 years now!)
I can absolutely guarantee that no matter how well you know and love your animals, you will have missed pain they have suffered in the past, or you are missing pain they are silently suffering right now!
I always wanted to know when my pets were in pain, so I could help them. It was a huge shock to me some 6 years ago when I missed really severe neck pain in my own dog after he had a nasty fall on some steps (that my wife neglected to tell me about).
I was a vet with 18 years’ experience in practice. I had assessed and treated thousands of animals hands-on, and had a dangerous belief many others who love and care for animals also share.
I thought I would always be able to tell when my animals were suffering pain by watching them! I had no idea how wrong I was.
My best mate Mitzi (my little dog) suffered intense pain for 3 weeks because of my ignorance and arrogance.
Do you think you always know when your animals are in pain?
If you do, you are flat out wrong, and quite likely condemning your pets to a life of silent suffering.
If you think taking your animals to the vet to be checked guarantees that they are not in pain, better think twice.
To this day, I regularly see animals who have significant silent pain that has been missed by other vets.
This doesn’t mean they are bad vets, by the way - it just means that they have never been taught how to assess properly for the main cause of silent (undiagnosed) pain in our animals: neuro-fascial pain.
Your take home message: all animal guardians need to learn how to assess their beloved friends hands-on. This is the only way to be sure that animals are not in pain.