Equine Osteopathy is a natural therapy option for your pleasure hack, dressage, jumper, endurance athlete or elderly four-legged friend. Osteopathic treatment philosophy means that your horse is treated as a whole unit taking in to consideration the spine, joints, muscle, connective tissues with the aim of trying to find the primary problem. In many cases, horses adapt and compensate for an area that may not be working as well and this can lead to overuse/stress of tissues in other areas. Symptoms may not appear until their body’s ability to compensate has been used up and this is when symptoms of pain and discomfort start to show up.
Osteopathic treatment for your horse incorporates a variety of techniques such as massage, stretching, range of motion exercises, cranial-sacral therapy. These techniques assist in removing tension and restrictions from joints and muscles to improve mobility, function and quality of life for your equine friend. Gail also utilises other tools like Vetkin® Taping and SURE FOOT® Equine Stability Pads which can assist your horses to optimum health and mobility.
The aim of treatment is to assist your horse to become pain free and more balanced. Equine Osteopathy can help with many conditions such as;
- Head, neck or back pain
- Difficulties with head carriage
- Joint pain or stiffness in different areas of the body
- Rehabilitation after tendon or muscle injuries
- Lameness or reduced mobility
- Gait/transition problems
- Reduced performance
- Recovery from high intensity training
- Behavioural problems: bucking, kicking, refusing to jump