Osteopathy for Animals Leominster & Martley

Mark is a friendly, reliable and fully qualified animal osteopath who is able to get the best out of your horse or dog by relieving pain, preventing injury, maximising movement, enhancing performance.

Registered Equine and Canine Osteopath

The osteopathic approach to treating disease is as relevant to dogs and horses as it is to humans. Animals suffer similar conditions to humans which also require treatment. The conditions can arise as a result of a variety of reasons such as a traumatic injury, a mechanical dysfunction, or degeneration in older animals. The goal of osteopathy is to relieve their bodies of stresses and strains so that normal function can return.

Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, and enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues. The aim is to return the animal’s body to good structural balance which in turn helps its own innate healing mechanisms.

How can you tell if your dog or horse needs the attention of an osteopath?

Here are some examples of what to look for:

 Intermittent lameness

  • Unsoundness
  • Unusual behavioural patterns
  • Stiffness
  • Underperformance
  • Pain
  • Maintaining mobility in older or competition horses and dogs

 Specific to a horse:  A reluctance to extend

  • Back pain
  • Stiffness on one rein in trot or canter
  • Inability to form a ‘correct’ outline
  • Unexplained unlevelness
  • Unexplained bucking, rearing or head movements

Osteopathic treatment can deal with these and a host of other problems without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy regards each patient as an individual and so the treatment is tailor-made for each animal. If you have any questions about osteopathy please call the clinic to discuss it in more detail.

What happens during a consultation?

During a consultation a brief case history is taken in which any previous injuries or illnesses are documented which may have an influence on the presenting complaint. In many cases an animal has learnt to compensate from an old injury in the leg for example and over time this manifests itself into pain elsewhere i.e. along the spine.

The standing posture or conformation is assessed and then the animal is examined at walk and at trot. It is then checked all over from the feet upwards, and from nose to tail.

Treatment follows using a range of techniques that improve and restore the function of the joints, spine and soft tissues. Advice is also given, on how to manage the condition or problem between treatments. With horses it is normally advised that they are turned out or just have light exercise for a few days after treatment, although this may vary.

It is usual to have a follow up treatment after approximately two weeks. Maintenance treatments are also advised which is where the animal has a treatment twice a year as part of their routine care. This can help stop any problems progressing too far and compounding problems in the future.

Consultation costs:

  • Horse £60
  • Dog £40

Outside of a 10 mile radius travel is charged at 50p a mile one way.

Discounts are available where four or more horses/animals are seen at the same place on the same day. Please ask when making a booking.