The Balanced Dog provides osteopathic and rehabilitation services for dogs.
Rachel is a practicing human osteopath with a particular interest in musculoskeletal issues in dogs. Rachel has completed additional training in the treatment of dogs using osteopathic principles and techniques. She is also currently completing the CCRP course through the University of Tennessee. Rachel also provides laser therapy for dogs.
The goal of treatment is to improve mobility, performance, recovery and comfort in dogs with musculoskeletal injuries and pain.
Rachel is not a Vet so any dogs with new complaints need to see their vet for an accurate diagnosis first. If there is any concern regarding a diagnosis or medical management a referral back to the dog’s Vet will be provided.
What to expect:
On the dog’s initial visit, a thorough assessment will be performed and combined with a case history and any information provided in the veterinary referral. This will help to determine which body parts are affected, the diagnosis, and the impact this has on the dog’s overall mobility and function. A plan will then be developed.
Treatment is ‘hands on’ and includes soft tissue mobilization, joint articulation, indirect techniques, and manipulation to meet the dog’s treatment needs. Laser therapy is also used where indicated.
An exercise rehabilitation program will be developed so that the owner is able to continue the rehabilitation at home. Owner education of items such as aggravating factors will also be discussed.
When should treatment commence?
Dog’s should commence treatment as soon as medically possible after injury to limit pain, inflammation, joint stiffness and prevent secondary complications associated with lameness and immobilization. Just like in human osteopathy, treatment is targeted towards the needs of the patient and initial treatments may be minimal and very gentle, trying to encourage pain free movement and reduce muscles spasms and guarding of surrounding areas.
For maintenance or treatment of chronic conditions, treatment intervals will occur on a semi-regular basis depending on the needs of the dog. Dogs tend to respond well to treatment so they commonly occur approximately four- six weeks a part.
If you would like further information or would like to discuss the suitability of a case, please don’t hesitate to contact Rachel directly.
Please let your client know they will need to complete a New Patient Registration Form prior to coming to their initial appointment.