Animal Osteopathy

IMG_0447photoWhat is animal osteopathy?

Animal Osteopathy is designed to improve animal welfare by reducing pain and suffering caused by an inability to move and function freely. It plays an essential part in protecting animals from injury and pain therefore speeding recovery.

How it’s work?

The body’s structure allows any animal including humans to function well. Joints restricted or muscles unbalanced can cause that area to be under-performance as well as other areas will compensate causing pain away from the original injury. To avoid discomfort, the body may resist certain movements or even unusual behaviours patterns may arise as a result of pain.

An osteopath is trained to interpret the wide range of diagnostic clues in the search for the underlying cause of a problem.
Animal osteopaths use their hands to massage, manipulate and mobilise the muscles and joints of your animal to achieve correct structure so their body can function properly and help heal
tself. It’s a way to improve suppleness and reduce wear and tear of the joints.

What are the benefits of the technique used?

Helps to maintain a full range of movement.
Helps the synovial fluid to
lubricate the joint surfaces.
Help the nerves supplying the muscles and organs of the body to
function correctly.
Decongests the tissues helping to improve the blood
supply and lymphatic drainage.
Help to retain joint mobility in older animals without causing further wear and tear.
In younger animals will help to reduce the rate at which the joints start to deteriorate.

Which conditions and injuries osteopathic treatment can help?

Horses:
Hesitant trot or canter
Problems with head carriage
General stiffness
Poor tracking up or reduced stride length
Reduced performance
Lack of balance, reluctant to go forward, difficulty engaging behind
Problems with head carriage
Changes in behaviour leading to bucking, rearing, kicking, napping
“head shy”, “cold-backed” behaviour
Maintaining mobility in competition horses
Aiding rehabilitation following injury
Arthritis
Compensatory problems

Dogs:
Hip dysplasia
Back/neck problems
Disc disease
arthritis
Sprains from jumping up or slips
General lameness
General stiffness in older dogs
Orthopaedic post-operative rehabilitation
Reduced performance in working dogs
Gait abnormality

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