Frequently Asked Questions
What is animal osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a gentle form of manual therapy that focuses on bringing balance to the whole body structure; internally and externally. We tap into the innate healing of the body by freeing up structures that can compromise the flow of circulation and communication to the muscles, ligaments, joints and organs.
Just like us humans, animals can have many compensations throughout their lives and eventually their bodies will start to show the effects of them. In an osteopathic treatment, we would assess and treat the compensations that are creating the weak points that can create an environment for injuries or distress on a joint/muscle. We tap into their innate healing by opening up pathways for improved circulation, nerve communication and lymphatics, all for proper healing.
What are the benefits of animal osteopathy?
Increase blood flow circulation and ymphatic drainage
Improve nerve communication
Improve joint mobility
Aid in pre/post surgery and injury recovery
What do you typically see pets for?
Elderly dogs with arthritis
Acute injury (falling down stairs, limping after playing/running, neck collar pulls) - all examined by Vet prior to treatment
Chronic injury (partial tears that didn't have surgery, old shoulder injury, surgery scarring)
Do I need a referral from our Veterinarian?
You do not need a referral; however, your Vet should be consulted first with any concerns that you may have. They are your pets primary health care provider.
Osteopathy is a complementary addition to your pets health care team.
What can we expect during our pets initial treatment?
Health history intake and questions/concerns answered
Visual/manual assessment of their full body and area(s) of concern
Communication of what the findings are and the relation to the concern
The day after a treatment should be low key to allow for healing and integration
Reiki is often incorporated to aid in the relaxation of your pet
What approaches are you using when treating?
Muscle energy techniques
Unwinding of tissues
Oscillation and Full body integration