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Tanya Shanks - Osteopath

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and manual treatment concerning the structure and function of the body. Osteopaths use their hands to both help diagnose and treat disorders of the body framework.

Animals can suffer back, neck and muscular injuries from trips, falls and bumps, causing pain, stiffness, loss of mobility and even behavioural changes and can benefit from manipulation using osteopathic techniques.

Osteopathy works to realign and balance the animal’s musculoskeletal system, restoring health and movement.

Problems that osteopathy may be used for are

  • Minor joint strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Developmental growth problems
  • Post surgery
  • Neck and back problems
  • Lameness

The treatment will not hurt the animal, in fact most animals thoroughly enjoy it and become increasingly relaxed as the treatment progresses. There are many different techniques available ranging from soft tissue massage, gently articulation of limbs and joints, traction, joint mobilisation, through to cranio-sacral osteopathy working on uneven tension throughout the tissues surrounding the central nervous system.

The initial visit normally involves a 30 minute consultation including treatment time. Subsequent visits last approximately 20-30 minutes.

Most conditions respond within 3 visits. Often cases require more than 3 visits and times between visits will vary depending on the patient and condition in question.