Osteopathy is manual, hands on system of treatment that uses constant palpatory feedback to assess the effect of the treatment, to enable measurable positive changes to be made on dysfunctional joints.
It employ a number of skills including manipulation, articulation and muscle release techniques to positively influence the movement and function of joints.
A professional Equine Osteopath develops these skills first and foremost by working on people. It took 5 years to gain my human Osteopathy Degree, before undertaking Equine Osteopathy post graduate training alongside working in a human sports clinic.
The human practice work is essential to be a safe and effective equine practitioner. You learn with verbal feedback about the boundaries of safe tissue movement and influence, before you work on an animal who cannot voice his concerns.
My training and experience has helped me develop three main skill areas essential to effective osteopathy on equine clients
1. exceptional palpatory sensitivity (i.e. my ability to feel subtle biomechanical features)
2. expert specialist knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology
3. specific and technical manual techniques (i.e. manipulation of joints)
Osteopathy works to normalise and optimise function of the musculoskeletal, neurological and circulatory systems for the overall benefit of the horse. A horse that has all of these systems in balance should be pain free and fully functional, enabling progressive training and a happy horse.
The title ‘Osteopath’ as its stands alone is a protected title for practitioners working on people registred with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). As I ceased treating humans in 2016 I have since de-registered from GOsC, I am still permitted to use the title Equine Osteopath. But we aware that pre-fixed professions (e.g. Equine Osteopath/ Animal Physiotherapist/ Canine Chiropractor) don’t have any formal protection/ regulation over them, anyone can use these titles with no professional human based training such as I have. Feel confident I do have the necessary formal professional human based training, and am registered and regulated by the Register of Animal Muskuloskeletal Practitioners (RAMP). Take a look at their page to see the stringent registration pre-requisites as well as extensive CPD requirements.