Osteopathy for dogs: consultation

The consultation method for dog osteopathy will vary depending on the training of the practitioner that Some use only one approach (mechanistic, fluidic, craniosacral, visceral)

Others associate several. " By a first general palpation, I find muscle contractures, dissymmetries, limitations of movement which are the first information useful for diagnosis , "says Osteopath Hélène Thomas. It also allows him to establish a dialogue with the animal in a neutral and caring way. " I am often called for hindlocks, frequent on older dogs. In this case, I also stop on the cervical area which is usually tense to compensate for the weakness of the back , says the practitioner.

After unlocked joint and muscle tension , Hélène controls the primary respiratory movement (MRP), a purely osteopathic concept. Recall that this is a movement comparable to a wave (or a wave), noticeable on the top of the skull and the sacrum (last vertebra). It is an excellent barometer of malfunctions. Forming a more or less regular loop, it is slow or fast, strong or weak, regular or jerky...

Any lack of amplitude and fluidity indicates difficulties. " This movement would be initiated by the brain whose glial cells [neuron-related nerve cells] contract about fifteen times a minute, moving the cerebrospinal fluid into a perceptible wave throughout the body. Its disruption, at various points in the canine body, indicates osteopathic dysfunction , "explains the osteopath veterinarian Patrick Chêne.

The perception of this movement with finesse requires a good dose of training! Dr. Fabrice Fosse, osteopath veterinarian, is not lacking... Trainer and practitioner, he has developed the following consultation: after the presentation of the reason for the visit by the owner of the animal, he collects information about the story of the latter and observes his behavior. Follows a multiple palpation: mechanical, craniosacral, fascial, visceral, fluidic, which allows him to make an osteopathic diagnosis, then to propose a treatment which includes osteopathy and perhaps also acupuncture, medicines phytopathic, allopathic...

The detected disorder can be a "simple" vertebral pain or a lameness that handling will relieve. But what is less well known is that certain muscular contractures signal the dysfunction of a organ located at a distance from them. Thus, a liver problem can cause suffering in certain vertebrae (example: vertebrae 8 and 9 in relation to the liver and gall bladder). By undoing these contractures, one helps at the same time to regularize the functioning of the organ at the origin of the back pain, which is, in this case, only a secondary symptom.

Impressive by the silence that surrounds it, osteopathic energetic consultation gives the feeling of a fusion between the practitioner and the animal, which relaxes gradually (sometimes to the point of falling asleep!). His confidence is acquired by a rule without derogation: no manipulation is done without his consent. "With my hands, I tell my patient that there is something wrong with triggering self-regulation mechanisms," says Dr. Anne Bardavid, an osteopathic veterinarian. Hence the interest of using it as a method of maintaining your pet, from a very young age, at the rate of one or two sessions per year.

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