Firstly, the therapies offered should never be considered before those of your vet. Law states that any therapist requires veterinary permission before any treatment is administered. Therefore Genevieve asks clients to confirm with their vet that they are happy for the horse to be treated, and for a signature from the client acknowledging permission has been granted.
Treatment initially requires a background history to be taken on the horse, following which, the horse will be seen walking, trotting and turning. She may require to see the horse lungeing. Areas of pain and discomfort are then noted along with the case history.
Osteopathy views the body as a whole, and recognises that all systems in the body are interrelated. Gentle techniques are used to relieve restriction, maintain range of movement in joints and improve blood supply, whilst removing points of pain and discomfort.
Genevieve will usually treat the horse in the stable, or wherever the horse is most comfortable. Treatment usually takes between 45 minutes and 1hr, though the treatment time is appropriate for each individual horse. The treatment isn't painful for the horse and most find it very relaxing.
Following treatment, Genevieve usually recommends that the horse is rested for a couple of days and will offer advice on exercises to do with your horse to enable the treatment to be most effective.
The horse has many ways of showing it's discomfort:
- Head shaking
- Resistance when being tacked up
- Difficult with the farrier/have feet picked up
- Refusing to jump
- One sidedness
- Stiffness/refusal to work in an outline
- Flinching when groomed
- Reluctance to load
Osteopathy combined with sports massage therapy provides effective holistic treatment of the horse as a whole. Symptoms of pain in one area may stem from a problem in another.
- Improved performance
- Improved flexibility and suppleness
- Improved muscle tone
- Reduced recovery time following injury
- Reduced restriction