Osteopathy can be used diagnostically, as well as therapeutically, for your pet. Since our pets can't tell us, "something is bugging me here," we have to find different ways to communicate with them. The sense of touch can be very helpful in this regard, after proper training, and this is where osteopathy comes in. When undergoing osteopathic training, I learned to identify ever so small changes in normal motion and position with my hands. Those changes can be part of an existing problem or can develop into one, if not identified and treated in time.
In horses, osteopathy is most commonly used in cases of poor performance or gait aberrations, for example failure to bend properly or a shortened stride. By releasing blocked joints and tissue adhesions, tense muscles are relaxed (and the associated pain reduced or eliminated), so full range of motion can be reestablished.
Osteopathic lesions can also be the reason for behavioral problems, such as suddenly refusing jumps, bucking, head shaking, and problems when girthing/saddling.
Osteopathic treatment can also be very beneficial after being cast in a stall, after accidents, or after surgery under general anesthesia.
Ailments osteopathy can treat in horses:
- Compromised range of motion
- Stiff gait
- Difficulties in bending or stepping under properly
- Gait aberration
- After accidents/falls/stall casting
- Coordination deficits
- Head tilt
- Back pain
- Muscle pain
I offer osteopathic treatment for your dog or cat for supportive treatment of musculoskeletal disorders (such as hip dysplasia or Cauda Equina Syndrome) or during recovering after disc herniation or other injuries. Osteopathy is also very useful as a preventative measure if your four-legged friend is very active. This way you can correct inappropriate biomechanical stress at an early stage and avoid possible long-term damage.