My modest contribution to the promotion of animal osteopathy, too little known yet so beneficial for our 4 legged companions...
Between riders, equine osteopathy is well known. Also, when I acquired Kiwi, of course, I looked for en osteopath and became accustomed to regularly follow my valiant steed (and his friends who then joined us). Especially since I saw effects from the first sessions : my "moke" not having the pelvis in place, this did partly explain the lack of "power steering" (and even the lack of direction !) that I had already found and the fact that there was a need for very large turns (not to turn short at that time !)... Fortunately, the fairy fingers of the osteopath having given all this up, today, hairpin turns do not scare us anymore !
But for the dogs, if I had not had at this time a friend who already knew canine osteopathy (still starting in france in number of praticioners), I would probably have gone next. And yet !...
Dogs, like us, like our faithful steeds, have a great need to be followed on this side as well. Just watch a group of young dogs playing to persuade themselves : it rolls, it jumps, it jostles, it squirmes... ooh there ! The poor joints ! The poor skeleton !
I have become accustomed to having my dogs checked regularly, in particular :
- systematically at the end of the growth : growth + crazy games = this is what "dismantle" the strongest bones,
- systematically before the dysplasia control radios (hips and/or elbows) : this generally corresponds to the same session as the end of growth, except for the dogs that joined us in adulthood ; it would be a pity if a reading comes back bad when it is just due to a displacement of the pelvis or a joint, and that, all reput in place, the hips are actualy perfect,
- for females, systematically after a birth : the passage of puppies through the pelvis during birth often disturbs the good organization of the skeleton.
I also discover every day (at least at each session) that osteopathy can (sometimes, not always, because no science is accurate of course) solve worries that persist despite repeated efforts : stress, anguish, poor digestion, chronic otitis, regular conjunctivitis, and even heat or fertility disorders... Strange ? Not so much when you think about it :if skeleton (joints, vertebras...) is not in place, there is a great chance that it presses on a nerve, a stomach, a canal... and therefore diturbs its normal functioning. Putting skeleton back in place can then restore the correct functioning of the underlying organ. Osteopathy also works a lot by massaging some key points and can restore the good flow of fluid : who has never massaged the sinuses when they are congested ? and why wouldn't dogs have the same need after all ?
"And dogs, what do they think ?" you can tell me...
What is striking during the first session of a dog is the astonishment that we can read in his eyes : "but what does he do to me ?? Is it normal ??". And then, very quickly, follow sighs, appeasement, well-being. The dog will even very quickly guide by his attitude the osteopath to the painful places (or movements).
On following visits, it is rare the dog doesn't party to the osteopath as soon as he arrives ! I even have one that used all the tricks to go back to see the osteopath visiting another dog : she ended up coming to hers ends, and there surprised, a cervical was not in place ; it had embarrass her and the dog had understood that the osteopath could relieve her.
Far from me, the idea of passing me from my vet and no longer see that osteopath only !! But I am convinced that these two disciplines are complementary, and that one can succeed where the other admits its impotence and vice versa...
To test without moderation for the welfare of your doggies !!