Has a chiropractor ever helped you

Can Tamme Hanken heal horses?

The Bone breaker A few simple steps are enough. Grips that he uses over and over again in his infamous “straightening”: Den Horse's head if he presses towards the horse's chest, he bends his neck once to the left and once to the right. He runs a hard object over the croup on both sides. He jerks at the Forelegs and then pulls the two hind legs out one after the other. These handles are identical on every horse that Tamme Hanken lends a hand on that day.

Lots Horse owner hope that Tamme Hanken will cure her darlings in this way. What is it about the East Frisian who is referred to in many media reports as "Germany's most famous chiropractor for animals"? CAVALLO was incognito at one of his treatment appointments and analyzes his approach. Equine veterinarian and chiropractor Winnie Dreschel was on site as an expert. She works in the practice of Dr. Sybil and Donald Moffattwho specialize in chiropractic treatments. Both founded the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC). Veterinarians from all over Europe can be trained in veterinary chiropractic at this institute.

The farmer wants to "feel nerves"

On the death of Tamme Hanken: The “bone breaker” is no longer alive

Tamme Hanken is not a trained chiropractor, osteopath, physiotherapist or equine therapist. He's a bone breaker. This term denotes in Ostfriesland those healerswhich supposedly can sense and relieve blockages and tension in the body of humans and animals. Tamme Hanken also boasts this gift of "Nerve feeling"that he claims to have inherited from his grandfather.

The 53-year-old trained farmer founded the "Horse Rehabilitation Filsum" and has been working full-time as a bone breaker ever since. At first he also rehabilitated people, today he only treats animals. Almost every Saturday on his farm in Filsum, Lower Saxony, East Frisia, there is “Sorrow Day”: Pet owners can come with their darlings and have them treated. Without prior notice, depending on Rush with an indefinite waiting period.

Some customers come from the on that day adjacent counties according to Filsum. Other pet owners have covered around 500 kilometers - one way. During the week Tamme Hanken travels across Germany and receives treatment Collection dates horses and dogs.

Profile: From farmer to bone breaker

Tamme Hanken was born on May 16, 1960 Born in Filsum (Lower Saxony). After school he completed an agricultural apprenticeship and worked as a farm assistant on a farm. A little later he joined a farrier and worked with him for about eight years.

After that he performed with his former partner a chicken farm. After a few years, Hanken changed saddles again and opened a mare's milk farm, the “Drachenfels Stud”. When, according to Hanken, the production of mare's milk no longer generated any money, he devoted himself full-time to the craft of bone breaker. He has been running the since the late 1990s "Horse Rehabilitation Filsum".

CAVALLO undercover visit

The procedure for an undercover visit to Filsum is always the same. Maximum Hanken turns 15 minutes per animal on. First he lets horses walk a few meters. He does not ask about the horse's history, illnesses, problems with riding or handling.

This information is important in order to be able to assess the horse correctly. "The history of the animal must always be queried," emphasizes Winnie Dreschel. Also is for a sound diagnosis more than a few yards step. “I cannot imagine that you can clearly see what the horse has got from these few meters,” says the veterinarian.

Hanken at least proves an eye for the condition of the hooves on this few meters of step. On this day he repeatedly complained that toes are too long or that the hooves are processed differently. He worked in the 1980s together with a blacksmith; this is probably where his knowledge comes from. “He looks closely, watches how the horse kicks, how it sets its hooves,” says Winnie Dreschel. "The misalignments of the hooves that he describes mostly apply."

The straightening - a jerk on the horse's leg

The tone he towards the owners is hard as iron. “You never learned how a horse should run properly. If you let your horse run like this, it will have a French name for Christmas: Lasagne. "

Also on the Farriers he scolds. “Does your blacksmith have a yellow armband with three black dots on it?” Hanken asks a woman. She shakes her head in bewilderment. “But if he did,” Hanken replies, “he must have been blind. The hooves suck. ”His comments are crude, but hit the bull's eye on the hooves that day.

The bone breaker judges saddles Likewise. “Darling, was your saddler drunk?” Tamme Hanken asks a customer. The woman shakes her head. "Then why does he build such a saddle?" In fact, the saddle is not in the center of gravity. “Did the upholsterer have just as little a clue as you?” He comments. That is plain text in the style of the East Frisian, his trademark.

Hanken is famous for being "Adjust"as the bone breaker calls his technique. This term is wrong, as CAVALLO reported several times, for example in the article “This is the hammer” in issue 6/2011: Vertebrae can at most be very slightly crooked. If they were dislocated, the horse would be paralyzed.

Hanken's "adjustment" works like this: The He lifts the front legs one after the other on, jerks at each joint and moves the respective leg to the side. He proceeds in a similar way with the hind legs: a short jerk at the pastern and ankle, then he moves the hind leg with one Grip around the cannon bone backwards and pulls on it. With the man over 2 meters tall and estimated at 160 kilograms, one can imagine the forces that act on the horse.

On this day, the straightening looks relatively harmless compared to the pictures that you otherwise often see in his NDR documentary soap "Der XXL-Ostfriese". From the point of view of chiropractor Winnie Dreschel, the hand movements are not without: Hanken is useful for his Approach long levers. That is, it affects several joints at the same time.

This becomes clear with the example of Hind leg: "Of course it affects the horse's sacrum joint when it pulls on it," explains Winnie Dreschel. "However, three other joints are interposed before the force reaches the sacrum joint: namely the ankle, the knee and the hip."

Because the Effect over long levers can be very imprecise, chiropractors usually work with short levers. As a result, they have a targeted effect on a specific joint. "There are some osteopaths and physiotherapists who work with the long-lever technique," says the veterinarian.

Adjust according to Hanken - lymphatic vessels torn off

These Therapists Slowly feel your way up to the horse and stretch it affected body parts carefully and cautiously in all directions. Tamme Hanken however, it is quick and jerky. If the horse stops during the jerky treatment, there is a risk of injury to the animal. "Ligament structures, tendons and muscles can be damaged, it can lead to strains", the veterinarian lists the risks.

It also becomes dangerous when that Horse under previous damage that the owner may not know about, such as osteoarthritis in the hip joint or damage to the meniscus. Even if the rider is aware of previous damage and he calls them "straightening", Hanken apparently does not change his approach.

That was what a horse landlady experienced Bone breaker indicated that the animal likely had osteoarthritis in the ankle joints. “He still tugged on the hind legs. The horse was lame for 14 days afterwards. "

Lymph vessels tore off during treatment

Hanken's hand movements can damage not only sick joints. A vet den CAVALLO during the research asked about a horse that had an incurable elephant's foot after the Hanken treatment: "The examination showed that the lymph vessels were torn off and irreparably damaged."

Tamme Hanken treated according to scheme F

The East Frisian also does tricky things Ataxia patients a. Atactic horses have disturbed movements, cannot coordinate their legs and fall easily. Such horses are never treated by veterinarians like Winnie Dreschel until the cause is clearly established.

Anders Hanken: “It is not uncommon for me to actually contribute to the healing process”, he writes in his book “The happiness of horses in my hands”. This was not the case with a horse: The day after Adjusting at Hanken the horse suffering from spinal ataxia was taken to the veterinarian. It was almost completely paralyzed and had to be put to sleep.

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The bone breaker - Tamme Hanken

Hanken recommends cardiac medication across the board

Not only Hanken's hand movements are to be viewed critically. His health advice at the appointment is based on eye diagnosis. The yellowish one Oral mucosa of a horse he interprets as a sign of selenium deficiency. “You can't tell from the color of the mucous membrane which specific nutrient is missing,” says Winnie Dreschel. He looks a dog in the eye and says: “The dog lacks iron.” He advises the owner of a Doberman to mix the heart medicine Crataegutt into the food, “that's good for the pump”. Veterinarian Winnie Dreschel just shakes her head: "I can't just recommend heart medication!"

Hanken often gives general advice to horse and dog owners. Optionally, he advises horses to feed them with devil's claw, malt beer or mineral feed. Is supposed to be one Mineral deficiency before, he recommends products that he sells himself. Hanken does not ask what the horses otherwise get to eat - which, however, is crucial for an appropriate supply.

CAVALLO conclusion on the bone breaker

The bottom line: The bone breaker does not touch humans or animals with kid gloves - with positive and risky consequences. The fact that he relentlessly advises riders of man-made problems such as bad hooves and unsuitable saddles may finally open the eyes of some customers. “He looks at the overall picture of the horse,” says our expert. Hanken's medical advice and “diagnoses”, such as feeding cardiac drugs or recognizing a mineral deficiency, are critical.

If Tamme Hanken puts hand on horses, there is a risk of injury. On that day in Filsum, his "straightening" looked less bad than some television pictures would have suggested. "Nevertheless, his approach is neither gentle on the animal nor specifically geared towards a problem and involves the risk of injury," says Winnie Dreschel.

"He treats all animals in a fast forward and always according to the scheme F", analyzes the veterinarian. A good, qualified treatment that every horse deserves, looks different than with the bone breaker.

This is how you protect yourself from miracle healers on horses

1. How do I find a competent therapist for my horse?

Gerd Sickinger: Not everyone who treats horses has a good education: The job titles “chiropractor”, “osteopath” or “animal healer” are not protected in Germany. Therefore, make sure that the therapist has a solid education.

Good addresses include the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (www.i-a-v-c.de), the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractic (www.ivca.de) and the German Institute for Horse Osteopathy (www.osteopathiezentrum.de). Some of them only train veterinarians or therapists who have medical training.

2. Is every healer allowed to treat horses as he wants?

Gerd Sickinger: It is not that easy. "Treatments that are not questionable from an animal welfare point of view are permitted," explains horse lawyer Gerd Sickinger. These include home remedies that old stable masters use as first aid for fever or colic symptoms, for example. The therapists are not allowed to use medical interventions: An operation, for example, is only reserved for veterinarians.

3. If my horse is injured during treatment, who is liable for the damage?

Gerd Sickinger: If the horse falls ill, the owner has the burden of proof. "I can only claim damages from the treating person if he can be clearly proven to be at fault," says Sickinger. "That means that the damage must be clearly attributable to the treating person, who must have acted negligently."

The healer must have disregarded the care required “in traffic”. This includes all treatment errors: Anyone who pulls a visibly lame horse on the hind legs without adequate diagnostics is acting negligently. In the case of so-called gross treatment errors, the therapist must prove that he has not made a mistake. A court must determine what is meant by gross medical malpractice.

Professional manual treatment on the horse

This is how good manual therapists solve blockages in the horse:

Chiropractic: The spine is at the center of chiropractic work. From there, even the smallest blockages can affect the whole body. Chiropractors check the mobility of each joint. If a joint is blocked, it is adjusted.

The chiropractor works with targeted pressure from above: He chooses a contact point that is close to the blocked joint. The blockage is removed with a short impulse. The faster the therapist works, the less force he has to use. Thanks to the short lever, it acts specifically on the joint. Like osteopaths, chiropractors do not go beyond the normal range of motion of a joint.

Osteopathy: While chiropractic focuses primarily on the spine, osteopaths consider the horse's body as a whole and include the animal's joints, organs and psyche.

Similar to clockwork, in which the cogs do not mesh perfectly, a blockage in one area can trigger a disruption in another. Like chiropractors, osteopaths work with their hands, mobilize joints, stimulate the connective tissue-like fasciae and activate the body's self-healing powers.