You are required by law to acquire a referral from your animal's
veterinary surgeon prior to your osteopathic consultation.
What are the benefits of osteopathy for my horse or dog?
flexibility and range of movement
- Osteopathy can increase flexibility and therefore range of
movement. A horse that is relaxed and flexible moves better and
is more energy efficient. The joints, ligaments and tendons are
under less stress and therefore will allow increased performance.
Exercise is one of nature's best forms of improving the body's
circulation. There are times when your horse may have to be placed
on box rest or due to a restricted turn out programme may spend
long periods of time in a stable. With osteopathic techniques circulation
and lymphatic drainage can be improved to limit stiffness and reduce
any filling in the horses' legs.
What to expect on your first visit
A detailed case history will be taken of your animal, focusing
on the signs and symptoms of the current condition.
It will also be helpful to have details of your animal's past medical
history along with any other investigations (scans and x-rays for
example), operations or medications.
Information about your horses' shoeing, tack, schooling diet and
stable management may be required.
A physical examination will then take place.
Did you know that the way you sit affects your horse?
As well as working on the balance and symmetry of your horse, it
is vital to reduce stress on your horse's spine by sitting evenly
in the saddle. This is achieved by creating stability within the
musculature surrounding the lumbar spine and pelvis of the rider.
Individual exercises can be prescribed to create this stability
and provide support to the lower spine.
It is important to observe your animal in motion. Dog owners will
be asked to walk or trot their pet. Horse owners may also be required
to lunge, free school or ride their horse. This enables observation
of any signs of lameness, lack of symmetry in the gait or stance,
and fluidity of movement.
A hands-on examination follows, to focus on and localise any muscular
or bony restrictions. Also, areas of inflammation and tenderness
will be noted.
Some of the techniques used
This involves moving joints through a full range of movement
to help increase mobility at a specific joint (either spinal or
peripheral) and increase nutrition to the area.
Soft tissue techniques
Various massage techniques are used to relax and stretch
the musculature and improve the general circulation and nutrition
within the injured tissues.
In the form of cold packs or hot and cold compresses, hydrotherapy
can be used to reduce inflammation, reduce pain and improve circulation
to an injured tissue.
This helps to decrease tension within tight muscle fibres
which may be restricting movement within a spinal or peripheral
How long does a treatment take?
Treatment times depend on your animal and its tolerance level.
In general dogs' appointment times range from 20 to 40 minutes.
Horses require between 60 and 90 minutes.
Making an appointment
To make an appointment or for general advice on osteopathy for
you or your animal please contact:
Tel: 07761 358760
Natural Medical Veterinary Centre
11 Southgage Road
Tel: 01707 662058
Portman Veterinary Clinic
Tel: 0207 723 2068