1. What is osteopathy:
This is explained in a simple, structural osteopathy, based on a manual way of “listening” to the body.
The main principles:
- “The body is a unity”: This is why the osteopath does not only take care of the leg when your pet is limping. Every time a comprehensive examination of the body is made. Lameness can be caused by an injury to the leg but also, and this is often the case, by a vertebra or a rib.
- “Interaction between systems” : The organization of the body is a set of systems: respiratory, muscular, circulatory, reproductive, nervous … Each of these systems is dependent on others.
An example: A malfunction at the nervous level can cause muscle contraction on the same area of the body or much further. The arteries surrounding the muscles get compressed and the circulatory system is then affected in turn. This means that organs irrigated by these arteries will function less well.
- “Principle of homeostase”
This is the concept of “good health”.
In other words, the body is a machine that is already scheduled to fight of all kinds of attacks. The body has many mechanisms ready to turn to action.
Most microbial attacks go by undetected because they are neutralized through a process of automédicalisation.
However, this machine is only effective if it works well. For this it is necessary that each of the elements part of the machine work well.
- “Mobility Concept”
Thus, it is said that “structure governs function”
If any item whatsoever lacks of mobility, it can no longer function properly. This principle is true for bony elements but also for organs. Consider a dog that has a vertebra injury following a shock. This vertebra loses its mobility … Imagine that the spine is a chain and that the “blocked” vertebra is a rusty link. The general flexibility of the chain is thereby affected. For our dog, the principle is exactly the same. The spine is no longer exactly in the right axis, causing the pelvis, and the two hind legs to “move in a wrong way”!
We can conclude this brief presentation by saying that osteopathy is necessary to restore the original healthy state. Nature is beautiful and the osteopath helps nature to act at its maximum without adding or subtracting anything to the body, and never cross the skin barrier. The osteopath helps the animal by intelligently removing certain barriers, so your pet can get the chance to heal itself with what nature gave him.
2. When to call an osteopath?
We know understand what osteopathy means. Now let us see in what cases to call the osteopath:
- When the dog has just suffered a shock/crash
A dog that was hit by a car, fell down the stairs, got smashed against another dog or got a too close encounter with the foot of a horse.
- For working dogs, utility dogs , sports
By its generosity the dog is liable to go beyond his limits, continuing the effort to please his master. This is the case of the guide dog, shepherd and hunting dog… These dogs do not always show when they feel tired. So you need to master a perfect knowledge of this dog to be able to detect the smallest sign: For the ring dog , we will see a dog with a less frank biting on one side than the other. For the agility dog, we will see slower turning after each obstacle. For all these dogs physical problems can result in less concentration and less ardor to the task.
Studies have shown well how animals react differently to training as they are in good shape or not. The learning ability and good will of the animal are significantly optimized when it was previously seen by an osteopath.
- When the dog has recurrent pathologies that allopathic medicine can not solve.
Imagine the body as a vast network of pipes, carrying fuel, evacuating waste, conveying the orders given by the control tower. If at different locations of the circuit, there are areas of strong slowdown, or even total traffic stop, it is easy to understand that the whole system will works less well.
In the body, if there are one or more areas of “blocking” it is clear that the organs irrigated and innervated by nerves and vessels passing through these areas, will lose his capacity to work.
Again, Nature is well made, and many compensation systems can come into place. But beware, this process of compensation is not adaptable to infinity. Over time the problems will appear (or reappear) and become irreversible.
Your puppy comes to you with all its original genetic potential.
It is up to you to do your best to preserve its “health capital”.
What can be improved?
– Athletic performance
– A comfortable life
– Refusal to work
– Decreased performance
What can be treated?
Osteopathic medical conditions such as:
– The correction of the mobility of the feet in collaboration with the farrier
– Falls after accident
– Back pain
– Locomotor problems, muscular, urinary, sexual, nervous, lymphatic and energetic problems, etc.
– Digestive disorders
– Colonic stasis
– recurrent colic