Pi injures himself a few weeks before the Crufts Novice Finals!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Case Studies | Comments Off on Pi injures himself a few weeks before the Crufts Novice Finals!

Pi is owned by Elaine Brammer and is a tri coloured 4yr old Border collie who competes very successfully in agility, qualifying for the Novice Finals at Crufts 2010. Disaster struck when Pi took a tumble chasing his ball, resulting in intermittent lameness to the right hind leg. After visiting the vet, of whom he is not keen on at the best of times and does not enjoy being examined by strangers, gave the prognosis of possible cruciate ligament damage. He was put on metacam, an anti-inflammatory and told to rest. Pi still had intermittent lameness. Elaine resigned herself to the fact that Pi would probably not run at Crufts.

Zoë suggested trying the Bowen Technique, even at this late stage (one week before crufts), Elaine had nothing to loose but was concerned that Pi would not let Zoë near him or his injury!  That is the wonderful thing about the Bowen Technique and the way in which it works. You do not need to treat the site of pain to have an effect. On the 4th March Pi arrived at Zoes for his first Bowen session. Zoe found him to be very sore in his neck, back, shoulders and hind limb, and was obviously wary, being in a strange place having a stranger touch him. Pi held his head low to limit the pain throughout his body. Pi soon settled allowing Zoë to work on him. After the first few moves were performed giving Pi almost instant relief, he came back to re-present for more Bowen.

Elaine brought Pi back for his second session five days later. On examination he was sound, straighter in his back and able to bare more weight on the hind leg. He was carrying his head higher with less heat and tightness in his neck and shoulders. Pi was much more keen to receive Bowen this time, allowing Zoë to do much more, including his sore leg.

Well it was up to Pi now if they went to Crufts. Elaine and Pi did go to Crufts a few days later. Pi had his third session a week later and has been competing well ever since with no sign of his lameness and more importantly did not require surgery!