Manipulation and massage techniques
Many techniques exist sometimes alone, sometimes as part of a integrative medicine in which vertebrae and joints are manipulated. Examples include osteopathy, cranial-sacral therapy, chiropractic, physiotherapy.
Besides manipulation there are also many massage techniques such as used in Ayurveda.
A special place is reserved for the energetic massage. For me the distinction is not so great. I suspect that physiotherapists, manual therapists and TTouch people all more or less use their own energy and that of the animal.
I will briefly explain a number of techniques and their principles.
There is a professional association for animal physiotherapists the NVFD. After a 4-year physical therapy program for people there is the possibility of a post-graduate training as a veterinary physiotherapist to follow. Physiotherapy can be used to support or healing of musculoskeletal problems. Think of rehabilitation after knee surgery or even prevent the operation by a massage, manipulation and exercise advice.
According to the chiropraxie nerves control all processes in the animal body, it is assumed that if something goes wrong in these processes, the cause often can be found within the nervous system. This means that an animal muscle or joint pain, but also problems with digestion, breathing and other matters that are not directly related to the motor system. Herein lies a clear difference in the physical therapy that focuses only on the motor system. In America chiropraxie is used much more frequently than in Europe and probably as often as physiotherapy. Strange enough chiropraxie is among the alternative therapies in the Netherlands.
Osteopathy focuses on the body movement and the movement inside the body. This mobility is necessary to function properly. To give an example: a dog with a restricted mobility of the colon can get lower back pain. A manipulation of the colon in this case would also eliminate the back pain and manipulation of the spine can resolve the intestinal symptoms.
Is not really a massage, but a method of communication. It improves the link between owner and animal with specific “massage” techniques. You can use TTouch in case of anxiety, training or if you want the animal to learn to deal with certain situations. In Holland there is a professional association and various courses on TTouch with animals.
At the time of writing we are very happy to welcome Bianka van der Klomp. She’s an animal osteopath and has already started working in our clinic.
Bianka and I constantly have contact about patients and sometime we treat the patient together.
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In some cases, I refer to, for example by a physiotherapist. The advantages are that the therapist a special training and better experience than I do. Sometimes it is cheaper than ever come back for acupuncture. The greatest advantage as I experience is that the owner himself now teaches at the animal massage and exercise it.