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Osteopathy in horses, dogs and cats aims to bring the body back into balance. Osteopathy stimulates the body’s self-healing ability, restoring balance in function and structure. This applies to both the entire spine and the internal organs

Osteopathy as part of the holistic treatment

Osteopathy consists of gentle manipulation techniques with the hands, whereby high muscle tension is reduced, blood flow and the nervous system are stimulated and possible blockages are treated. In this way, the horse can restore the balance in her body on the basis of a ‘new’ posture.

In order for the treatment to work for a longer period of time, the vet will advise on any limiting factors, namely training, nutrition, teeth, hooves, saddle and possibly supporting supplements.

The osteopathic treatment tackles both the cause and consequences of the complaint. Therefor the result might not be visible immediately. The treatment can last for about 6 weeks after the consult.

The horse should not be ridden for a few days after an osteopathic treatment. Free movement and walking straight lines is recommended on those days.

Osteopathy for the follwoing complaints

Osteopathy is regularly used at Den Hoek for complaints such as:

  • Lameness
  • Crooked posture
  • Muscle problems
  • Back pain
  • Neurological Problems.
  • Eczema
    Respiratory problems
  • Internal Problems:
    • Stomach / intestinal issues
    • Liver and kidney problems
    • Metabolic problems such as metabolic syndrome
  • Hormonal complaints, such as stallion and fertility problems.
Manual Therapy

Difference Osteopathy and Chiropractic

Osteopathy focuses on removing blockages throughout the body, so that the blood flow to all tissues, lymph system (drainage of fluid), organs and nervous system can function properly. Problems with internal organs can cause pain or a blockage in the spine. On the other hand, internal problems can also be caused by vertebral blockages.
Chiropractic focuses on the spine and the functioning of the entire nervous system, so that here too the impact on the entire body is looked at, but the manipulation focuses on the spine and pelvis.
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