osteopathy and physiotherapy

Osteopathy for horses massage for horses, acupressure for horses, and physiotherapy for horse are offered.

Why treatment?

Competition horses, as well as human athletes, work very hard to achieve top results. A lot of effort is put into training, feeding, and treating the horse to help it perform at its potential maximum:

  • to run faster
  • to jump higher
  • to improve technically in the difficult exercises of dressage.

Unfortunately, such top performances often result in more injuries, pain, and horses getting tired prematurely.

The horse as an athlete

The horse is a top athlete. For a top athlete, physical and mental well-being is an important factor. Treatments such as osteopathy, massage, acupressure, and physiotherapy can contribute to the horse’s daily welfare and well-being. In the long term, a stressed nervous system can affect muscles, organs, and the immune system. Treatment can serve as a preventive measure to counteract tense muscles, tendons, joints, and a stressed nervous system.

NOTE: REMEMBER: Osteopathy, massage, physiotherapy, and acupressure are NOT a substitute or alternative to veterinary treatment.

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The treatment

What is osteopathy?

The name osteopathy comes from the Greek words OSTEON, meaning “bone,” and PATHOS, meaning “suffering” in relation to disease. It is a treatment method founded by the American physician Andrew Taylor Still in 1882.

Osteopathy is a form of treatment or manual medicine that involves bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, and more. Various techniques are used, such as manipulation, mobilization, muscle energy techniques, massage, physiotherapy, and others.

The goal of osteopathy is to restore the body’s natural function. The connection between form and function is crucial and should work optimally.

Quote from A. Taylor Still: “Search for the disorder: Find it → Fix it → leave it, and nature will do the rest. If you remove the cause, recovery will follow.”

The effect of osteopathy

  • Restores the horse’s natural movement pattern
  • By removing blockages and improving the range and quality of joint motion, functional limitations and changes in the joints and soft tissues of the body are corrected.
  • The treatment helps improve circulation and drainage in the affected area, promoting healing.
  • The function of the nerves is also affected. This is done by releasing nerves that have been compressed or under pressure and ensuring adequate blood supply.
  • Osteopathy is rarely used alone but is complemented by massage and physiotherapy.

The effect of horse massage and physiotherapy

  • Supports osteopathic treatment
  • Increases and improves blood circulation in the muscles, resulting in increased oxygenation of muscles, connective tissue, bone tissue, and internal organs.
  • Increases lymphatic circulation, aiding in the removal of waste products and lactic acid from the tissues, thereby preventing swelling and stiffness.
  • Increases body warmth and energy levels, contributing to the elimination of waste products.
  • Lowers blood pressure by reflexively affecting the autonomic nervous system, calming the horse.

As a result, the following is achieved:

  • Sore muscles are loosened and made more flexible.
  • Muscles and tendons become more elastic, reducing joint wear and tear.
  • The immune system is enhanced.
  • Horse’s movements are improved.
  • Injuries and movement restrictions are prevented.
  • Maintains the body in better physical condition.
  • Horse’s well-being and performance are increased.
  • Helps and preserves mobility and flexibility in the presence of scar tissue.

Treatment with Kinesio tape

  • Kinesio tape and the actual method of treatment were developed by chiropractor and kinesiologist Kenzo Kaze.
  • The tape provides support and stability to joints and muscles without restricting the body’s or joint’s freedom of movement.
  • The taping method can be used for preventive maintenance, edema, movement problems, and pain management.
  • The tape works on the neurological circuit.
  • Kinesio tape is used, among other things, to reduce pain and inflammation, relax or overworked muscles, and provide support to muscles in motion.