|On arrival at your yard I
will monitor all that the animal does. In order to make
a diagnosis I with have an in depths discussion with the
owners to understand what is affecting the animal (the
more detail you can give me, the better). Information
relevant to your horse's condition may be visible when
led up at walk and trot and turned on a circle, the way
it stands or move around us.
| After observation I may need to test various
or all joints in passive motion, palpate soft tissue
and test reflexes around the body. In sensitive
area the animal may react sharply. Once I have gathered
sufficient information, I will form an osteopathic
evaluation which I will discuss with you, and commence
treatment if appropriate to do so.
Osteopaths are in a unique position for the assessment
and treatment of animals. Our knowledge of anatomy
and bio-mechanics allow a high level of accuracy
when diagnosing problems. Our experience and level
of palpatory touch skills mean that we can confirm
diagnosis by assessing quality of tissue and movement
of muscles and joints and the reason for dysfunction.
Equine Osteopaths are trained to recognize and treat
many causes of pain. We work with our hands using
a wide variety of treatment techniques.
After the treatment, I may give advice on exercise
rest and how to get the best out of the animal recovery.
I may recommend follow up treatment depending on
needs and then offer treatment on a maintenance
basis as required.
During my visit I like the horse owner to observe
the process and help them to understand their horses
mechanics and weaknesses so as to allow them to
correctly understand their horses and the possible
problem they may encounter. I may also demonstrate
some techniques to stretch appropriately or encourage
How will my animal feel
The treatment will initiate a healing response in
your animal which can be tiring, and for this reason
I recommend that it be rested after the treatment
for a few days, being turned out or grazed in hand
with fresh water available at all times in the case
of a horse and led calmly in the case of a dog.
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