Thermal Images taken before and after my treatment

Working with Stephanie Godfrey from Veterinary Thermal Imaging we took some images of horses before and after my treatment to see if thermal imaging could show up any of the effects of my treatment. Here are a couple of interesting pictures which show some clear differences before and after the treatment. 

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Thermal imaging measures heat and cold at an extremely sensitive level. It can enable us to look at areas of heat/cold and asymmetry between the two sides of the horse which may indicate muscle spasm/underlying pathology. Using muscles incorrectly can alter the normal thermal patterns which are seen. 'Hot spots' can indicate areas of muscle spasm.

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The first image shows the horse's neck 1 day before, 2 days after and then several days after my treatment. The second his barrel area, and the third/fourth his hindquarters. This horse was originally referred to me with a suspected sacroiliac injury, and although he is now back in full work he has regular treatments to keep him comfortable and supple. The images were analysed by Stephanie, and the comments written below the images are from her.

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Looking at images like this can be fascinating, although it is important to remember that thermal imaging tends to focus on asymmetries whereas I am interested in any changes that may occur as a result of my treatment asymmetrical or not. It is difficult to eliminate all the possible variables that may effect temperature readings on a horse's body. I did find the process fascinating though, and am always keen to see how practitioners can work together to piece together the bits of the puzzle when trying to establish the cause of a subtle loss of performance or soundness.

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Veterinary Thermal Imaging Report neck example

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Veterinary Thermal Imaging Report barrel example - before and after treatment by Jess Harkness

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Veterinary Thermal Imaging Report hindquarters - before and after treatment by Jess Harkness

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Veterinary Thermal Imaging Report hindquarters - after treatment by Jess Harkness

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