Osteopathic Pet Care: What They Can Do for Your Animal

We love our pets and we treat them as our best friends in life but even though how much care, time and effort we provide to protect them, injuries and health issues may arise and are not preventable. With the help of veterinarians, those issues will be solved either by medications or therapies. Vets usually prescribe medications after surgery for pain suppressant. Although it is very effective and affordable to use, most of the pet owners choose to rely on physical therapies as it won’t develop side-effects like a medicine can do.

Nowadays, osteopaths and chiropractors have been common practitioners most people visits when their pets suffer pain and discomfort. Osteopaths help animals for the treatment of their medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints, and muscles. The chiropractors focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and manipulation of the spine. In other words osteopaths uses a wider range of techniques overall unlike chiropractors that is only focused on manipulating the spine.

When you need an osteopath, you may have to consult to a veterinary first and get his approval to receive an advice on putting a necessary procedure or action especially when treating your pet.

Here are some of the conditions commonly treated:

  • Posture related issues
  • Pregnancy / Post-natal care
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Joint strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-surgery
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Neck and back problems
  • Lameness

Osteopaths use a range of hands on techniques. It includes some of the following:

  • Soft Tissue Therapy – Soft tissue techniques such massage targets your pet’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other connective tissue. Massage is the best known example of a soft tissue technique. A soft tissue massage includes a whole range of massage depths, pressures and durations
  • Stretching – is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity and achieve comfortable muscle tone. Different types of stretching may apply to your pet depends on what is for, whether exercise or therapeutic purposes.
  • Spinal Manipulation – The goal of therapy is to promote optimal motion in the individual joints of the spine and extremities, and to balance the biomechanics of the entire body. Spinal manipulation is a gentle means of preventing problems in active animals, and improving mobility and comfort in those with compromised health.
  • Myofascial Release – is a specific type of physical therapy, especially effective in treating acute and chronic pain conditions. This gentle treatment produces profound results in many animals with injuries or degenerative diseases.

Osteopathic care becomes an integral part not only for people but also for animals especially to our pets at home. We have to be aware that animals do not usually show signs of pain so it’s hard to visualise if there’s something wrong about them so regular check-up and monitoring is a must. Like humans, they also need a proper care to maintain its wellbeing balance and health. Many patients find osteopathic care may heal the body naturally and faster than drugs or surgery. It’s stimulates the body’s natural healing capability by improving circulation.