Focus on the body's balance
When it comes to the health of our beloved four-legged friends, there are a variety of treatment options available today. One of them, which has received more and more attention in recent years, is animal osteopathy. But what exactly is behind this gentle form of therapy that aims to mechanically and physiologically restore the balance of the body as a whole? In this article we will dive deep into the world of animal osteopathy, explore its areas of application and show you how an osteopathic session can work for your dog.
The basics of animal osteopathy
Animal osteopathy is based on the same principles as osteopathy for humans. It focuses on restoring balance to the body by treating dysfunctions throughout the organism. These disturbances can be caused by trauma, injury, stress, or even everyday stresses. An animal osteopath looks at your dog's body as a single unit, where all parts are interconnected. If one area is disturbed, it can affect the rest of the body. This holistic approach means that illnesses are not classified and treated according to symptoms, but rather the cause of the problem is researched individually for each animal.
In contrast to animal physiotherapy, which focuses on mobility and muscles, animal osteopathy focuses on the structure and function of the entire body. I work with my hands to detect and release restrictions of movement and blockages in the tissues. Through gentle, precise manipulations, the body's self-healing powers are stimulated to relieve pain, improve mobility and increase your dog's overall well-being.
The goal of osteopathic treatment is to maintain movement and flexibility with the greatest possible stability. For me, osteopathy and the Physiotherapy very closely together, because with it I can help many animals holistically.
Overall, the goal of osteopathic treatment in dogs is to enhance the animal's quality of life by bringing it to a state of optimal well-being. By looking at the body as a whole and activating the natural healing powers, veterinary osteopathy can help with a wide range of health problems and improve your dog's life expectancy and happiness.
Various fields of application of animal osteopathy
The areas of application of animal osteopathy are wide-ranging and can be helpful for a variety of complaints and problems. Here are some of the most common reasons why pet owners seek the services of an animal osteopath:
Back pain and muscle tension:
Like humans, dogs can also suffer from back problems. Animal osteopathy can help relieve pain and improve your dog's mobility.
Gastrointestinal problems are not uncommon in dogs. Osteopathy can help optimise the functioning of the digestive tract.
Respiratory problems can be due to blockages in the chest area. Osteopathy can clear the airways.
Injuries and traumas:
After injuries or operations, animal osteopathy can contribute to rehabilitation and accelerate healing.
Behaviour and stress:
Restless or anxious behaviour can be due to physical ailments. Osteopathy can help to restore emotional balance.
An animal osteopathy session: step by step
Now that we understand the basics of animal osteopathy, let's take a look at the process of a typical session. An animal osteopathy session usually goes as follows:
Step 1: Anamnesis
I start with a thorough history of the dog. This includes gathering information about the dog's medical history, existing health problems, pain symptoms and other relevant information.
Step 2: Initial examination (initial findings)
There are many causes that can lead to muscle loss and immobility in the next instance. Since our animal cannot tell us where it hurts, it is important to find out where the problems are and what can help. A thorough initial examination is decisive for the chosen treatment method. Joint mobility, muscle tension and other physical characteristics are assessed.
Step 3: Goal setting
Based on the medical history and examination, I set clear goals for the treatment. This can include pain relief, improving mobility, relaxing the muscles and promoting blood circulation.
Step 4: Treatment (carrying out the therapy)
Once the problem areas are identified, I will work with specific techniques to release the blockages and restore normal function. This is done through gentle manipulations that should not cause your dog any pain.
Step 5: Monitoring and adjustment
During the treatment, I constantly monitor your dog's response to the therapy. The treatment can be adjusted as needed to ensure that the animal receives the best possible care.
Step 6: Home Exercises
I will also show you exercises and techniques that can be done at home to maintain progress between treatments. The pet owner plays a crucial role in their pet's recovery.
Step 7: Follow-up appointments (regularity is the key)
Depending on your dog's needs, a series of sessions can be scheduled. The frequency and duration of the sessions will depend on the nature of the problems and your dog's progress. For therapy to be effective, it is important to do the exercises regularly. Your dog will gradually get used to the activities and hopefully find pleasure in them.
Step 8: Track progress
I will monitor your dog's progress and adjust the therapy plan if necessary. The goal is to maximise your dog's mobility and quality of life.
Make appointments online
If you are interested in veterinary ostopathy for your dog or pet, you can conveniently make an appointment online. Here you will find all the necessary information and can choose an appointment that fits your schedule. Making an appointment online is easy and convenient and saves you time.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between animal physiotherapy and animal osteopathy?
Animal physiotherapy focuses on using physiotherapeutic methods to improve mobility and relieve pain. Animal osteopathy is a more holistic method that treats blockages and tensions in the body using manual techniques.
Is animal osteopathy suitable for all dogs?
Yes, animal osteopathy is suitable for dogs of all ages and breeds.
Is animal osteopathy painful for my dog?
No, animal osteopathy is not painful for your dog. The manipulations are done gently and precisely so as not to cause pain.
How many sessions are usually required?
The number of sessions required depends on your dog's individual needs. Some dogs only need one session, while others may need several. I will create an individual treatment plan for you.
Can I do anything myself to improve my dog's mobility?
Yes, pet owners play an important role in their pet's recovery. The pet physiotherapist will give you home exercises and care instructions that you can do at home.
Animal osteopathy is a gentle and effective form of therapy that focuses on the balance of the body as a whole. It can help with a wide range of ailments and problems and increase your dog's overall well-being. If you are looking for a holistic method to promote the health of your four-legged friend, animal osteopathy is the answer.
Your dog's health is of paramount importance and veterinary osteopathy can be an important building block on the road to a healthy and happy life for your furry friend. Don't hesitate to consider this gentle form of therapy if your dog needs support in managing health problems.