Osteopathy is a hands-on form of manual therapy for the whole body including muscles, bones, joints, nerves, blood vessels, and fascia. It primarily addresses musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Osteopaths employ the philosophy that “the body is a unit”, where the Osteopath considers not only the problem area, but also the function of the body as a whole entity. Unique attention is paid to the complex interrelationships between the body’s structure and the way it functions.
In Australia, Osteopaths require a minimum of five years of training at university level, attaining a Bachelor’s and/or a Master’s Degree in Osteopathic Medicine.
Canine osteopathy is the application of osteopathic principles to canine patients. It is performed by qualified Osteopaths with further training in the treatment of dogs.
How Can An Osteopath Help My Dog?
Dogs can get tight muscles and stiffness just like people. This can cause pain, injuries, and reduced performance. Even more so if we ask them to regularly train and compete in Agility, Fly-ball, Obedience or other physically demanding activities. It’s not only sporting dogs that can be affected but any dog that does rigorous exercise or is affected by arthritis or advancing age.
Treatment is aimed at addressing the tight muscles and imbalances that exist, ensuring optimal movement and reduced strain through the dog’s musculoskeletal system.
Preventative care and maintenance are some of the best health investments you can provide for your dog. Regular care of muscles, joints, and tendons maintains flexibility and mobility which is the key to avoiding injury, speeding recovery and improving performance.
Prior to an appointment, we always advise that you contact your Vet if in any doubt about your dog’s health.
How Do I Know If My Dog Needs Treatment?
Does your dog:
- Look stiff?
- Have trouble getting up or lying down?
- Struggle going up or downstairs?
- Struggle or refuse to jump up/down?
- Move suddenly if you touch a certain area?
- Sit with their legs to one side?
- Walk or run ‘crooked’?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these then your dog could benefit from treatment.
What Other Services Are Provided?
Our Canine Osteopath (Rachel Mahoney) also utilises laser therapy, dry needling, hydrotherapy, and exercise rehabilitation as part of a complete treatment.
Do You Need a Veterinary Referral?
A veterinary referral is not required, however communication with your dog’s vet is certainly preferred.
If your dog has a new injury it is important to make sure your dog has an accurate diagnosis and that any medical or surgical treatment that is required is administered by your vet.
Where necessary, we will liaise with our in-house rehab vet (Dr. Montana Mays) or your dog’s vet to ensure complete, professional care is always achieved.
Please contact us if you would like to book an appointment for your dog.