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How it's performed - Osteopathy

During the first osteopathy session, I will ask about symptoms, general health and any other medical care you're receiving before carrying out a physical examination.

I will use my hands to find areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your horses body, particularly the spine.

As an osteopath I try to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself.

With my hands treat your horses body in a variety of ways, using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques.

Techniques are chosen based on the individual patient and the symptoms they have reported.

These include:

  • massage – to release and relax muscles

  • stretching stiff joints

  • articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion

  • high-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles

These techniques aim to reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow.

Osteopathy is not usually painful, although it's not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if the treatment was for a painful or inflamed injury.


The five basic principles of Osteopathy

1. Life is movement

Life represents itself in form of movement. Everything has to be mobile, that means ever bodily structure requires freedom of movement. Areas without optimal mobility will suffer from dysfunctions, which will lead to diseases. Not only do the structures of the musculoskeletal system such as joints and muscles need to be free, but also all organs, fluids (blood, lymph, etc.) must move freely and without any disturbance.

2. Structure and Function

Structure and function of the body condition each other. Dysfunctions can manifest themselves in impaired mobility of the structures of the body. Osteopathy examines movement of the bodily structures. This way dysfunctions can be diagnosed and consequently treated with osteopathic techniques in order to re-establish original range of movement. Once mobility has been re-established, the body’s self-healing powers are activated and all functions return to optimal function.

3. The law of the artery

All tissues must have optimal supply of nutrients and oxygen as well as disposal of products of the metabolism and CO2, for example. Long-term disturbance of this supply and disposal system might impair quality and mobility of the tissue. This holds true for all fluids in the body (like arterial and venous system, lymph, brain fluid etc.) Osteopathy strives at sustaining optimal supply and disposal of all fluid structures to ensure ideal function of the body.

4. Bodily globality

The body functions as a unity. All structures and tissues of the body are mechanic (joints, muscles…) and they are all connected to each other via the nervous system and the fluids. Deviation from normal function and mobility has influence onto the whole functioning of the body. It is the interaction of the individual structures that allows the body to function as a union. This is the reason why osteopathy never treats single illnesses or complaints but always considers the animal in its totality.

5. The body is able to heal itself

It is with thanks to the self-healing powers, that our body possesses the ability to sustain our health and re-establish health after disease. This can be demonstrated in numerous ways like, for example:

  • when coagulating blood closes a wound,

  • when a bone grows back together after a fracture,

  • when bacteria is fought in case of infection,

  • when we become immune after a viral infection.

Osteopathy assists this natural process of healing by re-establishing mobility of all tissue and the circulation of all fluids in the human body.