Osteopathy is a non-painful manual treatment that is practicable on all animal species. In essence, practitioners consider the individual as a whole. In osteopathy, any type of restriction of movement is considered a dysfunction. Treatment involves addressing and repairing these dysfunctions by restoring mobility and motility. The body then takes over naturally. The benefits are numerous, at times curative, but also preventive. Osteopathy is complementary to allopathy. It is a therapy of the future!
After a session:
After an osteopathy session, the animal may experience fatigue for a few hours (or even more). We ask that the pet owner let the pet rest for several days. Every animals reacts differently to treatment. During the session, tension is released and they find a state of equilibrium at their own pace. This can take a few days or weeks and will depend on a number of factors, including the animal’s age, how long they have been dealing with the ailment, compliance with instructions for rest after the session, etc. It is possible to immediately or progressively observe complete or partial improvements. It is also possible that symptoms temporarily get worse before progressively improving. The owner is often asked to update the therapist after about 10 to 20 days.
The number of sessions and their duration will vary according to the animal and the type of dysfunction being targeted. The animal will be evaluated at the end of each consultation. In the majority of cases, one to three osteopathy sessions are necessary. In some specific cases, it is necessary to book several sessions a few days apart. If the animal is monitored in a preventive fashion, one to four sessions per year are recommended, depending mainly on age. All treatment is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Limits and adverse effects:
Osteopathic treatment is not recommended when physiological and/or anatomical integrity is not strong: in the event of fractures (but osteopathy is an interesting option after any surgical reduction), acute organ failure or decompensation (ie. acute edema of the lungs), infections, etc. It is therefore important to provide a "traditional" clinical examination and, if necessary, further examination before performing an osteopathic manipulation.
In the case of tumors, osteopathic treatment can be used to treat the animal’s overall well-being, but not to fight against the tumor itself. There are also limitations linked directly to the pet owners and the sessions (ie. not respecting recommendations for rest after treatment, activity in the days following treatment, etc.). Some techniques are not recommended in certain situations. For example, structural techniques are not recommended in situations involving pain, fragile tissue or when an animal is clearly uncomfortable.
Osteopathy is recommended for all species, but applied in different ways for different treatment plans (ie. osteoarthritis, neurological and dermatological conditions, behavioural issues). It can be used as a healing tool, but also as part of preventative care.
In veterinary practice, osteopathy fits into treatment plans alongside allopathic or alternative medicines. It can be applied alone or in complement to other treatment options.