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Holistically Healing Pets Naturally!

Holistically Healing Pets Naturally! Complementary Alternative Medicines (CAMs), Therapies

Complementary Alternative Medicines (CAMs), Therapies & Remedies for Animals

By Gina McCulloch DC, IVCA, AVCA, IEBWA

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Table of Contents Animal Acupressure for Pets

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Animal / Veterinary Acupuncture for Pets

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Animal Aromatherapy for Pets

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Animal Bowen for Pets

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Animal Chiropractic for Pets

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Animal CranioSacral Therapy (CST) for Pets

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Animal Colour Therapy for Pets

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Animal Herbal Medicine/Phytotherapy for Pets

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Animal Homeopathy for Pets

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Animal Hydrotherapy for Pets

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Animal Iridology for Pets

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Animal Applied Kinesiology for Pets

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Animal Massage for Pets

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Animal MyoFascial Release (MFR) for Pets

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Animal Naturopathy for Pets

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Animal Osteopathy for Pets

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Animal Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy for Pets

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Animal Radionics for Pets

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Animal Reiki for Pets

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Animal Rolfing for Pets

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World Wide Animal CAM Practitioner Directory

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Animal Acupressure for Pets

What is it?

Acupressure for animals stimulates precise therapeutic points in your pet’s body to alleviate pain, symptoms of disease and promotes good health.

To do this practitioners may use; pressure, heat, friction, herbs, suction, lasers.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes Chi as a life ‘force’ or ‘energy’ that flows around your pet’s body using invisible pathways called meridians. Imbalances of Chi in the meridians can cause symptoms of ‘disease’ in your pet’s body.

Acupressure points are located along the meridians. Practitioners stimulate these points to influence the flow of Chi and correct imbalances. By restoring balance the body is able to heal itself, curing existing and preventing future ‘disease’.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Acupressure for animals has helped pets with:

Abnormal behaviour when in season

Arthritis and rheumatism

Asthma

Back pain

Bruising

Cold back syndrome

COPD

Cruciate ligament damage

Diarrhoea

Bronchitis

Constipation

Coughing

Epilepsy

Head shaking

Hip dysplasia

Incontinence

Infertility

Kidney disease

Lameness

Nasal discharges

Sneezing

Sprains & strains

Laminitis

Navicular

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Animal / Veterinary Acupuncture for Pets

What is it?

Acupuncture for animals stimulates precise therapeutic points in your pet’s body to alleviate pain, symptoms of disease and promotes good health.

To do this practitioners may use; needles, pressure, heat, friction, herbs, suction, lasers, gold beads, and/or an electric current.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes Chi as a life ‘force’ or ‘energy’ that flows around your pet’s body using invisible pathways called meridians. Imbalances of Chi in the meridians can cause symptoms of ‘disease’ in your pet’s body.

Acupuncture points are located along the meridians. Practitioners stimulate these points to influence the flow of Chi and correct imbalances. By restoring balance the body is able to heal itself, curing existing and preventing future ‘disease’.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Acupuncture for animals has helped pets with:

Abnormal behaviour when in season

Arthritis and rheumatism

Asthma

Back pain

Bruising

Cold back syndrome

COPD

Cruciate ligament damage

Diarrhoea

Bronchitis

Constipation

Coughing

Epilepsy

Head shaking

Hip dysplasia

Incontinence

Infertility

Kidney disease

Lameness

Nasal discharges

Sneezing

Sprains & strains

Laminitis

Navicular

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Animal Aromatherapy for Pets

What is it?

Aromatherapy for animals is the therapeutic use of scent to promote your pet’s health and well being.

Using essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees, aromatherapy helps rejuvenate your pet’s mind, body and spirit. Oils are absorbed through the skin or inhaled directly to provide pain relief and decrease tension, fatigue and stress.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Aroma therapists for pets use essential oils. These are natural aromatic substances which provide physical and emotional therapeutic benefits.

Distilled from; flowers, herbs and plants, essential oils represent a very high herbal energy. This helps to restore and enhance your pet’s mental and physical health.

Different oils have different therapeutic benefits. They can; refresh, relax, soothe and induce a sense of well being. Oils can be applied direct to the skin or they can be inhaled when your pet sniffs them. Animals can direct their own healing treatment program by picking the oils most beneficial to them.

Your pet’s body can then utilise the healing properties of the oils and initiate the body’s innate healing process

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Aromatherapy for animals has helped pets with:

Allergies

Arthritis

Behavioural problems

COPD

Depression

Immune deficiencies & disorders

Laminitis

Anxiety

Infections

Muscular tension

Skin conditions

Skin disorders

Symptoms of stress

Training problems

Vices

Sarcoids

Warts

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Animal Bowen for Pets

What is it?

The Bowen Technique for animals is a gentle holistic treatment which provides drugless pain relief and can improve your pet’s quality of life.

Practitioners stimulate key points within the muscles and connective tissues of the body by subtle movement and manipulation which allows the body to rebalance and heal itself.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Bowen practitioners for animals use a very light touch across the fibres of the muscles and connective tissues of your pets body, which stimulates the stretch and Golgi tendon reflexes and joint receptors within their body.

This helps to increase sensory awareness, relax the soft tissues of their body, stimulate energy flow and provide pain relief.

The Bowen Technique’s key stimulation points strongly correlate to therapeutic points along the meridians (used in acupuncture) and Trigger Points (used in MyoFascial Release).

Pets are usually very relaxed after treatment.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Bowen for animals has helped pets with:

Asthma

Back Pain

Behavioural difficulties

Circulation improvement

Colic

Digestive problems

Fatigue (Acute and chronic)

Headaches

Hormonal disorders

Incontinence

Lymphatic drainage stimulation

Fibromyalgia

Joint mobility

Musculoskeletal tension

Musculoskeletal imbalance

Musculoskeletal pain

Neck pain

Performance improvement

Quality of life

Respiratory complaints

Sports and accident injuries

Stress disorders

Venous drainage stimulation

Scoliosis

Whiplash

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Animal Chiropractic for Pets

What is it?

Chiropractic for animals is a holistic, manual approach to restoring and maintaining your pet’s good health, soundness and performance. It can also provide natural drugless pain relief for your pet.

Practitioners achieve this by ‘adjusting’ joints with their hands, allowing the body to function properly so it can heal itself. It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Joints in your pet’s body should move freely, if they get stuck the nervous system can’t function properly, which can cause ‘dis ease’. As nerves make muscles move and vital organs function, chiropractors focus on the relationship between the nervous system and joints.

Chiropractors call stuck joints ‘fixations’, ‘misalignments’ or ‘subluxations’ and they can often be accompanied by muscle tension, inflammation and pain. These can adversely affect range of motion, performance and your pet’s quality of life.

A chiropractor will identify any stuck joints and ‘adjust’ them. The chiropractic adjustment is quick, gentle and usually done by hand. Most animals really seem to enjoy their treatments.

Adjustments affect bones, muscles, ligaments and the nervous system. By restoring correct movement and structure to these, the body can function properly again, naturally healing itself and helping prevent future ‘dis ease’.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Chiropractic for animals has helped pets with:

Arthritis and Rheumatism

Bowel, bladder, and internal disorders

Cold back syndrome

Diarrhoea

Disc disease

Foot and / or tail pain

Gait abnormalities

Head Shaking

Healing/helping with chronic internal disorders

Incontinence

Infertility

Jaw problems (e.g. difficulty chewing)

Back pain

Constipation

Head pain

Joint pain

Leg pain

Maintain Joint and spinal health

Muscle wasting and asymmetry

Muscle weakness,

Neck pain

Nerve problems

Post surgical care

Shoulder pain

Slips, falls or other trauma

Sporting or event injuries

Sprains and strains

Stiffness

Lameness

Muscle spasm

Post birth

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Animal CranioSacral Therapy (CST) for Pets

What is it?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) or cranial osteopathy for animals is a very subtle, gentle, non invasive holistic therapy for your pet.

Using their hands practitioners gently realign the bones in the skull & base of the spine to release tension and harmonise the central nervous system. Treatments are very relaxing and beneficial to pets as they facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

The cranial sacral system of your pet is made up of the cranium (bones of the skull), the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord and the sacrum (at base of spine).

There are various rhythms and pulses within your pet’s body that influence their physical and psychological health. Rhythm irregularities can indicate a health problem (e.g. abnormal breathing can mean respiratory problems; an abnormal pulse can mean cardiovascular problems).

CST practitioners work with the rhythm and pulse of the cranial sacral system by very gently moving the bones of the cranium and the sacrum to remove any tension or torques. Using their hands to regulate this pulse and release restrictions improves the function of the central nervous system, helping facilitate your pet’s natural ability to heal themselves.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that CST for animals has helped pets with:

Accidents, falls or injuries

Asthma

Back Pain

Behavioural problems

Central Nervous System Disorders

Colic

Depression

Digestive problems

Drug withdrawal

Emotional Difficulties

Fatigue

Fibromyalgia and other ConnectiveTissue Disorders

Arthritis

Birth trauma

Bronchitis

General tension

Hormonal imbalances

Immune system disorders

mental stress

MotorCoordination Impairments

Neck pain

Nerve conditions

Neurovascular Disorders

Orthopaedic Problems

Post operative conditions

Post Surgical Dysfunction

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Headaches

Pregnancy (Problems during and after)

Rehabilitation after injury

Scoliosis (Spinal curvatures )

Symptoms of Stress/Related illnesses

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ – the jaw) disorders

Tinnitus and middle ear problems

Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

Visual disturbances

Whiplash injuries

Sinusitis

Sports injuries

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Animal Colour Therapy for Pets

What is it?

Colour therapy for animals uses the curative effects of colour to help heal your pet.

It is a non invasive holistic therapy that rebalances your pet’s energy centres (chakras) with colour to stimulate your pet’s natural healing ability.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

The therapeutic use of colour and its profound effect on people and animals has been observed for centuries.

Your pet has 7 main energetic centres called chakras. The 7 colours of the spectrum correspond and resonate with the 7 chakras in your pet’s body.

Colour therapists will help identify imbalances in your pet’s energy vibrations.

Energy from the different light waves is then used to rebalance and enhance your pet’s natural ability to heal itself.

This may be done directly (by massage with coloured oils, coloured light etc) or indirectly by exposure to colour through their environment (via advice on colour changes to rugs, stalls, kennels etc)

Treatments are very relaxing and animals tend to respond well as they are very sensitive to changes in energy.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Colour Therapy for animals has helped pets with:

Emotional problems

Physical problems

Psychological problems

Spiritual problems

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Animal Herbal Medicine/Phytotherapy for Pets

What is it?

Herbalism for animals uses knowledge of plant medicines and their therapeutic applications to relieve and prevent illness and promote healing and good health in your pet.

Herbal prescriptions are tailored for individual pets. They may be taken internally (e.g. tablets, powders) or applied externally (via creams, ointments) to maximise the body’s healing ability and restore balance.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Herbalism for animals uses naturally occurring plant derived substances to treat and prevent illness or ‘dis ease’ within the body.

Treatment focuses on your pet’s general state of health and ‘dis ease’ prevention as well as cures. It aims to treat the root cause of the ‘dis ease’ in addition to signs and symptoms.

Healing treatments can be applied in various ways;

Externally via massage, wraps, tinctures, steam, lotions, creams, ointments and plasters.

Internally via capsules, tablets, tinctures, powders and granules (all usually taken with water).

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Herbalism for animals has helped pets with:

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Back pain

Gastrointestinal disorders

Gynaecological problems

Allergies

Anxiety

Constipation

Diarrhoea

Fatigue

Fibromyalgia

Loss of appetite

Musculoskeletal problems

Urinary tract infection

Headaches

Infertility

Skin disorders

Sport injury

Stress

Ulcers

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Animal Homeopathy for Pets

What is it?

Homeopathy for animals is an holistic approach to health maintenance and repair for your pet. Homeopathic remedies are made from naturally occurring active substances which have been heavily diluted. They are usually in pill or liquid form and stimulate your pet’s natural defence system to fight ‘dis ease’.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Homeopathy for animals considers illness to be an expression of imbalance within the body. Homeopathy helps your pet regain internal balance by stimulating the health maintaining and repair mechanism in their body with homeopathic remedies.

Homeopaths believe that ‘like cures like’. So similar to vaccines in orthodox medicines, remedies may contain substances that would actually generate symptoms in a healthy animal to stimulate your pet’s immune system.

Remedies are repeatedly diluted to reduce risk and the more dilute the remedy the more potent it is. Each pet is assessed individually. All aspects of your pet are evaluated, focusing on your pet as a whole rather than treating just the diseased part.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Homeopathy for animals has helped pets with:

Allergies

Autoimmune diseases

Behavioural disorders

Birth Defects

Cystitis

Depression

Destructiveness

Anger

Anxiety

Apathy

Arthritis

Asthma

Backaches

Diabetes

Digestive problems

Disc disease

Ear infections

Hypo & Hyperthyroidism

Inflammatory bowel disease,

Low Appetite/ Fussy Eaters

Mange

Fatigue

Feline aids

Feline leukaemia,

Food Allergies

Headaches

Hyperactivity

Infertility

Intervertebral disease Low energy levels

Myositis

Nervousness

Poor Concentration

Reproductive system problems

Seizure/epilepsy

Sinusitis skin allergies/ conditions

Obstinacy

Pain

Paralysis,

Pemphigus,

Slow Growth / Development

Stomatitis

Stress Related Problems

Upper respiratory infections

Wobblers syndrome

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Animal Hydrotherapy for Pets

What is it?

Hydrotherapy for animals is the therapeutic use of water to restore and maintain the good health of your pet.

Water can be used internally and externally for disease and trauma treatment, rehabilitation and disease and injury prevention. Used at various temperatures and with differing mineral content, water can aid the healing process for injuries and stimulate the body’s inherent healing ability.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Water can be used to cleanse your pet’s body both internally and externally. Depending on its temperature, water can be used in three forms solid (ice), liquid (water) and gas (steam/sauna).

If taken internally by your pet (i.e. drunk), water can have a laxative (stimulates the bowels), diuretic (increases urine production & elimination), phlegmatic (increases mucus production & elimination) or diaphoretic (sweat producing) effect, depending on its mineral content.

Applied externally to your pet (either directly or via a compress) water can; decrease inflammation, improve blood and lymph circulation, increase waste removal and nutrient delivery to and from tissues, relax tense muscles, provide pain relief and aid general relaxation.

Rehabilitative treatment following injury can be undertaken in a specialised animal hydrotherapy spa unit or pool. Spa units are usually cold water to help reduce inflammation. Pools are often warmer to help decrease muscle spasm.

Movement in water is easier than on land due to the buoyancy it creates, enabling your pet to carry out nonweight bearing exercises. Exercise in water can also help increase your pet’s cardiovascular fitness and general health.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Hydro Therapy for animals has helped pets with:

Abscesses

Arthritis

Corns

Bruises

Bursitis

Dermatitis

Desmitis

Greasy heel

Injury Prevention

Injury rehabilitation

Laminitis /Founder Ligament injuries

Mud Fever

Open Wounds

Rain Scald

Shin Splints

Skin infections

Sprains & Strains

Tendon injuries

Wind galls /puffs

Swollen joints

Synovitis

Tendonitis

Thrush

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Animal Iridology for Pets

What is it?

Iridology for animals uses the iris (part of your pet’s eye) as a tool to evaluate the general health of your pet (similar to a herbalist’s and acupuncturist’s use of the tongue and a reflexologist’s use of the feet and hands).

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic evaluation tool.

How does it work?

Iridologists for animals believe that the colours and patterns of the iris (which is between the pupil and white of the eye) can be used to assess your pet’s state of health.

Parts of the iris correspond to various parts and organs of your pet’s body. Any marks, signs or discolouration of the iris can be indicative of over active, stressed or inflamed body parts.

Iridologist use these observations to identify past, present and possible future problems. Iridology is not usually in itself an actual treatment. It is a non invasive evaluation tool often used by homeopaths, naturopaths, herbalists and other natural practitioners to determine a required treatment plan.

What can it help?

Iridology for animals can be used as a general health indicator. There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Iridology for animals has helped identify pets with:

Colon conditions

Digestion problems

Genetic predisposition to disease

Illness recovery ability

Inflammation

Lymphatic congestion

Nutrient absorption efficiency level

Stress

Toxicity in their body

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Animal Applied Kinesiology for Pets

What is it?

Applied kinesiology for animals is a non invasive, holistic approach to restoring and maintaining your pet’s good health.

It uses muscle testing to evaluate the function, structure and balance of your pet’s body and to determine whether any energetic blockages or imbalances exist.

Therapists stimulate therapeutic points and may give nutritional advice to encourage the body’s natural healing process.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Your pet’s muscle function is controlled by its central nervous system. Muscle groups also share energy pathways with internal organs.

Applied Kinesiology for animals looks at the ability of your pet’s muscles to respond to gentle pressure. From the strong, normal or weak responses, therapists detect structural, chemical, emotional and energetic imbalances.

Applied kinesiologists for animals will remove blockages and restore balance by stimulating therapeutic neurovascular and neurolymphatic points with gentle pressure.

Applied kinesiology for animals can be used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other therapies such as chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, naturopathy etc

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Applied Kinesiology for animals has helped pets with:

Confusion

Depression

Digestive problems

Fatigue (Chronic & Acute)

Food allergies

General wellbeing

Allergies

Back pain

Nervous system disorders

Nutritional imbalances

Pain relief

Sports injuries & Trauma

Stress emotional, mental and physical

Lethargy

Neck Pain

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Animal Massage for Pets

What is it?

Massage for animals is the therapeutic use of touch to restore the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues) in your pets body to their optimum state.

It is a non invasive technique that can provide substantial pain relief and aid the rehabilitation process, promoting healing. The strokes applied to your pet’s soft tissues can be used to relax and soothe your pet or invigorate their muscles prior to competition, increasing performance, quality of gait and stamina.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic treatment.

How does it work?

Massage therapists for animals apply pressure or vibration to the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues) of your pet’s body.

Stronger pressure may be used to work deep tissues or a lighter touch to release physical and emotional blockages. It is usually done by hand, but mechanical apparatus may also be used.

Massage can relieve pain and discomfort in your pet as it releases endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers). As pain can cause behavioural problems, you may see a positive change in your pet’s disposition.

By increasing;

Blood & lymphatic flow,

Flexibility, mobility & range of motion,

Elimination of waste & toxins,

Relaxation

Enhancing muscle tone

And decreasing;

Stiffness,

Muscle spasms

Excessive tension,

Swelling & inflammation

Massage can increase performance and promote good health. Restoring correct joint range of motion and enhancing muscle tone can also help prevent injury and degenerative wear and tear on joints.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that massage for animals has helped pets with:

Behavioural problems

Blood & lymphatic flow,

Circulation improvement

Disposition improvement

Elimination of waste & toxins

Enhance performance

Enhancing muscle tone

Excessive tension

Mobility & range of motion

Gait abnormalities

Muscle spasms

Promote good health

Flexibility

Range of motion increased

Rehabilitation of injuries

Stamina improvement

Stiffness

Swelling & inflammation

Relaxation

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Animal MyoFascial Release (MFR) for Pets

What is it?

Myofascial release therapy for animals is a holistic, non invasive approach to the restoration and maintenance of your pet’s good health.

A drug free treatment, it can provide considerable pain relief for your pet from musculoskeletal problems. Practitioners use their hands to gently stretch the muscles and fascia to release restrictions allowing the body to function optimally and heal itself naturally.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

‘Myo’ refers to muscle and ‘fascia’ is a connective tissue that surrounds all parts of the body (bones, muscles, nerves, organs etc).

For your pet’s body to function optimally muscles and fascia should be relaxed and able to stretch and respond to the body’s needs. If muscles or fascia are too tense and tight, movement and range of motion will be restricted and pain and discomfort can result.

MyoFascial therapists for animals apply pressure and work on a small, specific area of muscle and fascia at a time. They stretch the tight area and move on when it relaxes, gradually equalising myofascial tension throughout your pet’s body. Treatment is gentle and done by hand. Therapists are guided by your pet’s responses.

Myofascial Release therapy for animals facilitates the body’s natural ability to heal by releasing restrictions in the muscles and connective tissues, allowing the body to become rebalanced and realigned.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that MyoFascial Release (MFR) for animals has helped pets with:

Behavioural Problems

Bursitis

Cold Back syndrome

Degenerative Joint Disease

Dragging Hind Toe / Stumbling

Agitation

Back Pain

Fibromyalgia

Fibrositis

Head Shaking

Low back pain,

Lumbar / Pelvic Region Dysfunction

Myofascial pain dysfunction

Myositis

Headache

Lameness

Neck pain

Neurological

Dysfunction

Resistance to Saddle

Restriction of Motion

Shoulder Problems

Sprains / Strains

Stiff Hind End

Thoracic back pain

TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction

Trigger / tender points

Uncooperativeness

Whiplash

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Animal Naturopathy for Pets

What is it?

Naturopathy for animals is a holistic, preventive form of medicine using natural therapies to facilitate your pet’s body’s innate ability to heal itself. It does not use drugs or surgery.

Naturopaths use natural substances and remedies to restore and maintain a healthy balance internally (within your pet’s body) and externally (in your pet’s living environment).

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Naturopaths consider the body to be a self healing organism affected by physical, emotional, and environmental factors. Disturbance in one of these areas affects the other areas.

By providing your pet’s body with the correct stimuli and environment, naturopathy for animals allows nature’s inherent self healing process to restore and maintain good health and treat symptoms of ‘dis ease’.

Naturopathy for pets can include the use of; herbal medicine, flower extracts, homeopathy, manipulation, massage, water, light, heat and air therapies.

Naturopaths for animals may also give advice on; food & nutrition, your pet’s living environment as well as guidance on appropriate exercise, rest and relaxation.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Naturopathy for animals has helped pets with:

Arthritis

Digestive disorders

Internal health problems

Metabolic disorders imbalances

Reproductive problems

Skin problems

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Animal Osteopathy for Pets

What is it?

Osteopathy for animal’s founding principal is that “structure governs function”.

Animal osteopaths use their hands to massage, manipulate and mobilise the muscles and joints of your pet to achieve correct structure so their body can function properly and help heal itself.

It is a holistic, drugfree approach to restoring and maintaining your pet’s good health.

It is often referred to as an alternative, integrative, complementary, natural and holistic medicine.

How does it work?

Osteopaths for animals believe that anatomical structure and physiological function are interdependent.

Pain and ‘dis ease’ often stem from abnormalities in body structure and function, so structural integrity of the body is important to achieve and maintain the good health of your pet.

Animal Osteopaths detect and treat damaged parts of your pet’s body (including muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints).

They restore tissue flexibility and correct faulty structure by massaging muscles, manipulating bones and mobilising joints.

Restoring normal body mechanics and correcting nutritional and environmental factors, facilitates your pet’s natural ability to heal themself.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that osteopathy for animals has helped pets with:

Arthritis and Rheumatism

Back/ head/ neck/limb pain

Behavioural problems (Pain induced)

Compensatory Problems

Constipation

Decreased Performance

Disc disease

Gait abnormalities

Healing/helping with chronic internal disorders

Jaw problems (e.g. difficulty chewing)

Diarrhoea

Head Shaking

Joint pain

Lameness

Musculoskeletal Pain & Stiffness

Muscle imbalance & weakness

Muscle/Tendon/Ligament/Nerve /Soft tissue Damage & Injuries

Post surgical care

Rehabilitation

Sports Injuries/ Trauma

Uneven Hoof/nail wear

Post birth

Sensitivity

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Animal Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy for Pets

What is it?

Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy for animals treats injury, disease and disability through physical means. Restoring movement and function helps facilitate your pet’s body’s own healing ability.

To achieve pain relief and increase range of movement and muscle strength, therapists mainly use:

massage, mobilisation, manipulation exercise, heat/cold, water and machines.

It is often referred to as an integrative, complementary and holistic therapy.

How does it work?

Physiotherapists or Physical therapists use a variety of physical methods to restore movement and function to your pet’s body.

Using their hands therapists massage, mobilise and manipulate soft tissues and bones to decrease pain and stiffness and increase mobility.

They may also use machines to complement manual therapies. Ultrasound, laser, tens, aid tissue repair and pain relief and electrical muscle stimulation strengthens and retrains muscles after injury.

Therapists can advise on the application of heat or ice for injuries to; decrease pain and swelling, relax muscles, encourage blood and nutrients to an injured area speeding up the healing process.

Therapists may also recommend strengthening, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises to restore physical function and increase range of motion.

What can it help?

There is evidence based research and/or anecdotal evidence that Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy for animals has helped pets with:

Arthritis

Behavioural problems (Pain induced)

Compensatory Problems

Gait abnormalities

Lameness

Musculoskeletal Pain,

Musculoskeletal Stiffness

Muscle imbalance

Muscle weakness

Muscle/Tendon/Ligament Damage

Nerve Injuries

Performance (decrease)

Post Surgery Rehabilitation

Sensitivity to being girthed

Sensitivity to being touched or patted

Soft tissue Injuries

Sports Injuries/ Trauma

Uneven Hoof/nail wear

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