Osteopathy is great for animals of all shapes and sizes.
It works using the same principles developed and used on humans.
Common problems and conditions helped:
Gait problems; slow to warm up, reluctance to stride out, poor collection, tracking up, better on one rein, lameness
Injuries from falls, training, or other activities; tendon problems, ligament overstrain, pain and stiffness in areas of the body
Changes in behaviour, bucking, bolting, rearing, cold back, problems jumping
Head tossing, problems with head carriage
Uneven muscle bulk, friction rubs, temporary swelling, swishing the tail; holding the tail to one side
Degenerative arthritis and lameness, stiffness in the older horse
Improving and maintaining performance and mobility in competition horses
I love applying osteopathy to animals as they get the same health and wellbeing benefits as humans.
Assessment of the animal involves a case history, watching the animal move - analysing their biomechanics. Then a physical examination.
Animal osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help the body of your animal's own healing mechanisms.
Techniques used include structural and cranial techniques to create a unique treatment plan for each patient.
Please note that a referral from your vet is required for a therapist to treat your animal.