It is not only humans who suffer from structural problems - complaints in animals can often be treated with osteopathy, too. Treatment may involve gentle muscular work, stretches, joint mobilisation and, sometimes, manipulation.
Horses are often trained with the same intensity as a human athlete, so it should come as no surprise that they too suffer from structural imbalances.
Here are just a few of the things you might notice in your horse:
- Unusual behaviour patterns
- A tendency to go better on one rein than the other
- A reluctance to extend
- Unexplained unlevelness
- Back pain
Osteopathic treatment can deal with these and a host of other problems without recourse to drugs.
If you would like more information on how osteopathy can help your horse, please contact Claire Short at The Ashgrove Clinic.
Dogs too are susceptible to problems which can be treated with osteopathy. Problems may include lameness, behavioural changes, post-operative issues, and arthritic conditions. Working or performance dogs may also achieve better performance after treatment.
Horses and dogs are not the only animals we treat - most animals can benefit from osteopathic treatment. Our patients have included cats, guinea pigs, cattle, goats and sheep. With livestock treatment can prevent valuable breeding stock from being destroyed due to minor injuries.
Since animals can only be treated with a vet's permission it is helpful if you have your vet's telephone number to hand when calling about treatment. Most vets are well aware of the benefits of osteopathy and are happy to give their approval.