Equine Osteopathy – It’s just a touch
Equine osteopathy is a functional therapy, it means a dysfunctional movement within a joint – palpable for the osteopath – is what the treatment is based on. The intention of osteopathic treatment is to preserve or recover smooth interactions between all structures necessary to a horse’s mobility.
Any dysfunction in movement because of acute injuries or inappropriate weightbearing leeds either to total avoidance or relieving postures and the loss of natural movability. While the horse keeps going this will lead to evasive movements, changing limb axles and therefore changing physical pressure in parts of joints.
Resulting lameness and joint diseases are going to manifest themselves within the weakest structure not necessarily at the original place of dysfunction. That’s why it is important to survey and treat a horse at large, even if the problem seems to be obvious. It’s also a reason to view osteopathic treatment as regular prophylactical treatment preventing lameness or an additional treatment after veterinary lameness therapy to eliminate the origin of lameness.
Flexibility of joints, perfusion of muscles and nutrition of tendons and nerves are fundamental requirements for performance, elasticity, balance and pureness of movement in a horse. And it’s not just an aesthetic problem. Horses with osteopathic dysfunctions are slower in reaction, turnings, strike offs and full speed. In speed disciplines you will lose valuable seconds. There may even be a change in character or fear reactions.
Recovery of movement and perfusion after easing a blockade induces the activation of self-healing powers in your horse. There are so far no known side effects.
Excluded are horses under the age of 3 years and horses with fractured bones.
After therapy a break from training of 48 hours is required.