Modalities and Practitioners
Here you can find out more about the various modalities, find a registered practitioner for that modality and link to any blogs we have about it.
To make it simpler to read, we have split the modalities into three sections –
- First section ‘Holistic health modalities‘
- Second section ‘Body work modalities‘
- Third section ‘Therapeutic equipment“
Holistic health modalities
This section includes modalities apart from those involving body work – see the second section for those.
There are two main professional bodies for Acupuncture in the UK:
- The Assoc of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA)
- The International Veterinary Acupuncture Soc (IVAS) Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine
The ABVA maintain standards of education, ethics, practice and discipline to ensure the health and wellbeing of animals in the UK. Similarly, the IVAS mission is to provide, promote and support veterinary acupuncture and related treatment modalities through quality basic, advanced and continuing education; internationally recognized certification for veterinarians; and support responsible research.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into special locations on the body to alleviate pain, improve recovery rates and increase resistance to disease. It has been practiced by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years and may be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Acupuncture treatment should always follow an accurate diagnosis of the problem and a full appraisal of all treatment options. In many cases acupuncture is best used in conjunction with conventional medicine however, in some situations, it can be used as a sole treatment.
Adding acupuncture to a treatment plan can help to reduce the patient’s requirements for medications which may have undesirable side effects.
Most importantly, acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced correctly and is well accepted by the majority of animals.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Chinese approach to disease is very holistic. Emotional, hereditary and environmental factors are considered to be important elements in disease patterns. The philosophy and aim of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is to restore equilibrium between physical, emotional and spiritual factors – thus restoring and maintaining health. Treatment involves using needles in specific acupuncture points (sometimes in combination with herbal therapy) to address imbalances in Yin and Yang as well as improving the flow of Qi and blood.
Western Scientific Acupuncture
Scientific research into acupuncture has made enormous progress over the past 40 years and now explains much of acupuncture’s actions which had previously only been understood in the ancient concepts of health described in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
This has brought about the greater recognition and acceptance of acupuncture within the scientific community. Early research focused mainly on pain relief and the endogenous opioid responses to acupuncture, however, further advances have revealed potent normalising effects to the hypothalamus and autonomic nervous system. This has opened the understanding of its use in all manner of internal medical disorders including respiratory, digestive, and reproductive problems. The Yin and Yang balance paradigm can now be explained by the correlations with the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system and this helps bring the holistic view of health back into focus.
By combining these two approaches, acupuncture may be particularly effective in the treatment of chronic disease states – either to complement orthodox treatments or when orthodox medicine fails.
What conditions can it treat?
Pain is one of the most common indications for acupuncture. Very often, in cats and dogs, this is chronic (long term) pain due to arthritis but muscular strains and spinal problems can also respond well. Acupuncture can also be a great asset to the rehabilitation of pets following orthopaedic or spinal surgeries. In horses, there can be myofascial pain, sometimes associated with joint disease. Often, equine cases will appear as behaviour problems such as crib biting or box walking, but have an underlying and undiagnosed pain element. Equines are often highly trained athletes used for strenuous and demanding disciplines which often lead to musculoskeletal injuries. The use of acupuncture alone or in combination with other therapies can improve the speed and quality of recovery and avoid the need for medications banned under competition rules.
Acupuncture can also be of great benefit to medical conditions in pets, such as gastrointestinal disease, urinary disorders, epilepsy and much more. In horses, we often have success with recurrent colic or diarrhoea and chronic respiratory disease such as COPD/RAO. As each treatment is specifically tailored to an individual through extensive history taking and detailed examination, the protocol used will vary from animal to animal so speak to your veterinary acupuncturist about your pet’s individual case. Be aware that, as with any treatment, there are a small percentage of animals that will not respond to acupuncture.
If you think that your pet or horse could benefit from acupuncture, the first step is to talk to your own vet. Acupuncture can only be performed on animals in the UK by a qualified veterinary surgeon who is a practising member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. On occasion, needles may be placed by a Registered Veterinary Nurse under the supervision of an appropriately trained vet. There may already be a vet trained in acupuncture at your practice. If not, you or your vet can use the Find a Vet function to search for a veterinary acupuncturist in your area. Your vet can then refer your pet or horse to this practitioner for acupuncture treatment. Medications and treatment for anything other than acupuncture is still provided by your own vet.
We’ve all seen on-line petitions calling for individual animal trainers to be prevented from using inhumane practices. Have you wondered why the trainer’s regulatory body hasn’t stepped in? Maybe, you’ve wondered if there is such a thing? Who regulates animal behaviourists and trainers anyway? The answer is, currently, nobody!
There is a body which was set up some 10 years ago which purports to regulate all animal trainers, but actually has no Government authority to do so. For instance, a dog guardian could choose to seek help from a degree qualified, highly ethical, up to date and proficient trainer or could equally choose someone who’s had dogs for years and found success in training them by means of beating them with a stick. This is totally that guardian’s own decision.
Most people new to dog owning simply want a well-trained (or at least well behaved) dog and won’t think too hard about how that goal is achieved. Often, the less ethical trainers are less costly and seem to get the desired result quickly. We can see the attraction. What the new dog owners won’t know is that methods based in inflicting fear and pain ARE quick to get apparently desirable results. However, they also result in often lifelong fears and physical injuries.
How would you know that your chosen professional is up to date and using currently recommended methods? Your first step is to make sure that your chosen trainer is a member of an organisation with a Code of Practice matching your personal ethos. If there is a problem later on, you then have an organisation to go to with your concerns. If your concern is not satisfactorily resolved you then would benefit from an independent assessment of your concerns and the trainer’s justifications.
On the 8th June 2020, a new initiative was launched. The UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter is formed as a collaboration between a number of leading professional associations all pulling together to make it crystal clear that methods inducing fear and pain cannot be supported nowadays. This is where you need to go to be confident in the professional you choose. The Charter is a very simple system where the signatory organisations remain entirely autonomous but pull together to make a real difference to dog welfare and customer confidence. Customers can be assured that there IS an independent panel to scrutinise a complaint or advise a member organisation on how to proceed.
Finally, we would suggest that you not only seek help from a member of a Charter signatory organisation, but also that your chosen professional is willing to be proactive in working with your vet and any other therapist you may choose for your pet.
Bach Flower Essences
There are 38 remedies in the Bach remedy system. All of them were discovered in the 1920s and 1930s by Dr Edward Bach, a well-known bacteriologist, physician, and pathologist.
Each remedy is associated with a basic human emotion. Mimulus, for example, is for when we are anxious or afraid about something specific. Taking the remedy helps us overcome our fear and face it with courage.
The remedies are in liquid form so that you can mix together the remedies you need to to help balance your current emotional situation. Like Dr. Bach, we believe that healing on an emotional level has knock-on effects on other levels. A healthy emotional life and a balanced personality will allow your body to find its own natural state of health.
There are a lot of other essences produced around the world. For example:
This is a big range of essences made from flowers, gems and the environment.
They produce a special combination essence for animals in rescue centres called ‘Animal Care’
Lotus Holistic Essences
Have combination essences (Helping Hands, Five Flower and Animal Support) that are all useful essences to hold in your emergency kit. These can be put into an animal’s food, stroked through their fur, put into their water or sprayed on bedding.
British Association of Veterinary herbalists (BAVH)
The first use of medicinal herbs dates back to prehistoric times, with herbs found in graves older than 60,000 years. There is a rich history of plant medicine in many cultures with some of the best-preserved traditions being Traditional Chinese Medicine. The world health organisation estimate that 70% of the world’s population use botanical medicine (Einsberg, 1998). It is no surprise that people have used the same plant medicine for animals under their care as long as human-animal relationships have existed.
In the late eighteenth century advances in science led to purification and isolation of many plant constituents with around a quarter of today’s pharmaceutical drugs having originally been derived from plants. Medical researchers believe it is safer and more effective to deliver doses of pure active chemicals. However, advocates of herbal medicine believe in a holistic approach and that the whole herb or its extract is more effective with fewer side effects.
Holistic medicine means treating the patient as a whole; mind body and spirit. By taking a truly holistic approach we must look both inwards and outwards. Looking outwards your holistic veterinarian may consider many things such as diet, exercise, environment, and life history as well as your interactions with your animal.
When looking inwards a holistic vet may consider the body as a whole with interactions and connections between all body systems. This is a different approach to modern medicine which is moving in a direction of specialisation such as cardiologists – this is a reductionist approach. Reductionism simply means looking at a piece of a system rather than the whole.
Holistic vets believe that the patient functions as a whole and each part is interrelated and inseparable from the rest.
Looking at the bigger picture will help your holistic vet to understand the root of the problem or disease rather than just the presenting symptoms.
What happens during a consultation with a Herbal Vet?
During your pets first consultation with a herbal vet, the vet will build up a picture of you and your pet’s health by:
- Taking your pet’s full case history
- Discussing your pet’s diet and lifestyle
- Finding out about any medication or supplements you already use
This allows your vet to assess the underlying causes of your pet’s illness and formulate a mixture of herbs tailored to your individual needs. It may also be necessary to arrange for other tests to be done.
Your pet’s individual treatment plan will include herbal remedies and, where appropriate, dietary changes or nutritional supplements. Most herbal medicines are given in the form of a liquid tincture that is taken in doses of two or three times daily. Your Pet may also be prescribed a herbal tea, tablets, ointment, cream or lotion.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that bases its therapeutics on the principle of ‘let like be cured by like’.
The medicines used may be derived from animal, vegetable or mineral sources and, in latter times, remedies have also been derived from man-made substances. The initial requirement for treatment is knowledge of what effect a particular remedy or substance will have on a healthy body (i.e. what signs and symptoms it can provoke in a healthy body).
The signs and symptoms presented by a sick animal or person are then compared to this ‘symptom picture’ of the various medicines, choosing that medicine which is the closest ‘match’.
There is no risk of:
- toxic side-effects,
- medicine residues in farm animal products,
- ‘doping’ or residues in sporting animals,
- stimulation of antibiotic resistance.
Furthermore, laboratory animal research is not required for its development.
The strategy of a homeopathic consultation is to find the homeopathic remedy which most closely matches the patient’s symptoms or to remove or minimise any factors and influences that could obstruct or impede that healing process. For this reason, attention to the patient’s diet is an essential part of the procedure, with a conscious attempt to feed each species as naturally and as healthily as possible, in line with its evolved needs.
The Homeopathic Consultation for all species with your chosen homeopath veterinary surgeon has several unique ingredients, that distinguish it from a typical veterinary consultation.
It is usually longer, since there is so much information to be gathered (read Nick Thompson’s 10 minute Consultation article).
It requires a referral from your local veterinary surgeon, unless the veterinary homeopath is your own veterinary surgeon.
It concentrates not only upon the obvious signs/symptoms of the presenting complaint but also upon any other sign or symptom, past or present, which the patient may show or may have exhibited at some time in the past, which may or may not seem directly relevant to the current complaint.
The homeopath vet will consider a much wider area of signs/symptoms, e.g. weather, time of day the patient is better or worse, temperature, feeding etc. These details are known as the ‘modalities’ of the symptoms, and help in matching the remedy more closely.
It requires a knowledge and understanding of the individual patient, in terms of character, demeanour, behaviour, fears, likes, dislikes and reaction to stimuli (e.g. weather, temperature, time of day etc). These elements also help to identify the patient’s individuality.
The consultation takes account of all external factors that may affect the patient, e.g. living quarters, feeding, chemical environment, previous or current drug treatments, vaccination, parasite control methods, saddling and shoeing (horses), grazing management (horses and farm animals). These factors must be optimised, to enable maximum healing capability.
A great many recoveries from troublesome (or even so-called ‘incurable) chronic disease have been reported, following diligently applied homeopathic diagnosis and treatment.
The Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) is “a group of motivated vets and vet nurses with a common interest in raw feeding and species appropriate nutrition in dogs and cats.”
They advocate feeding a species appropriate diet alongside holistic or conventional veterinary treatment.
Read an article on ‘The True Science Behind Raw Feeding‘.
Read the Position Statement “Bugs, Bones and Balance” from the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society
To find a raw feeding vet in your area go https://rfvs.info/find-a-vet/
Ingraham Applied Zoopharmacognosy enables self-medicative behaviour in domesticated or captive
animals by offering plant extracts that would contain the same, or similar constituents to those
found in an animal’s evolutionary history. The practice encourages and allows an animal to guide its
own health, since unlike their wild counterparts, captive and domesticated animals rarely have the
opportunity to forage on medical plants.
The extracts offered include a variety of essential oils, absolutes, plant extracts, macerated oils,
tubers, clays, algae, seaweeds and minerals. Once animals have selected their remedies, they will
then guide the session by inhaling them, taking them orally, or by rubbing a part of its body into
them. If the condition is allowed to escalate and worsen then more potent remedies will be selected.
When the condition has cleared or improved, the animal will normally reject the plant extracts that
were previously chosen.
Applied zoopharmacognosy is a practice that allows animals to use their innate ability to select the
plant extracts that they need and guide their own dosage to retain and regain health. This innate
ability is vital to an animal’s health and well-being. Self-medication is a technique that has been
employed by animals since the dawn of time – a good testimonial for the subject. Applied
zoopharmacognosy was previously unknown in the human world, until I developed it in the early
Find out more about Ingraham Applied Zoopharmacognosy
Body Work Therapies
Body work therapies
This section includes all the therapies that involve physical manipulation of the animal’s body
Body Work - General
International Assoc of Animal Therapists IAAT
Their primary objective is to promote excellence in animal therapy.
The IAAT is an international group of therapists who work under veterinary referral. Their registered therapists cover:
Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Manipulation, Massage & Hydrotherapy
Their therapists have completed recognised and thorough training programmes, are fully insured, adhere to the Veterinary Act and are committed to continuous professional development.
Excellence in the IAAT involves and includes:
- Having a robust registration process
- Ensuring continuing membership standards
- Have robust continuing professional development standards
- Working collaboratively with other organisations to share best practice
- Maintaining links to leading insurance companies
If the Veterinary Surgeon and Owner choose a therapist with membership of IAAT they can be sure that the following will apply:
- The therapist will have completed a recognised and thorough training programme
- The therapist is committed to continuous professional development
- The therapist will be fully insured
- The therapist will adhere to the Veterinary Act
A disciplinary procedure is in place to ensure compliance with the above.
Bowen Technique / Therapy
- Canine Bowen Technique Association
- Equine Bowen Therapy
1. Canine Bowen Technique Association
What is Canine Bowen Technique (CBT)….
Canine Bowen Technique (CBT) is a soft-tissue remedial technique involving ‘light-touch’ moves of fingers or thumbs over muscle, ligament, tendon and/or fascia at specific points of the dog’s body. The work is very subtle and involves no hard or prolonged pressure. It offers dogs a gentle, non-invasive and effective hands-on technique that aims to promote healing, pain-relief and body/energy rebalancing.
Canine Bowen Technique is a holistic technique. By “holistic” we mean that it “treats the body as a whole, without referral to named disease”. Canine Bowen Technique Association (CBTA) practitioners do not treat the veterinary-diagnosed disease or condition per se, but treat the dog, as they see it, on the day.
Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute/replacement for normal veterinary care, but rather is complementary to it.
Why would I offer Canine Bowen Technique (CBT) Sessions to my dog?
Canine Bowen Technique aims to promote and support the body’s own powers of self-healing and has been offered for many years to support dogs with problems in the following areas:
• Acute injury e.g. sprains and strains.
• Chronic conditions and degenerative disease – helping to improve the dog’s quality of life.
• Rescue/re-homed dogs – relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma.
• Pre– and post-operative surgery – assisting recovery times.
• Fear-based anxiety – such as fireworks and thunderstorms.
Our aim is to facilitate the channelling of the dog’s own resources so that it can determine how to heal itself. In this respect, therefore, Canine Bowen Technique can be almost all-embracing in its coverage. Although generally regarded as ‘remedial’, Canine Bowen Technique can also be used to good effect as a maintenance and a prevention technique, helping to keep the body in optimum balance. To this end, it may be very beneficial for active, hard-working dogs or dogs used for competitions in obedience, agility, or trialling.
Common conditions which are often presented at Canine Bowen Technique sessions
• Allergies and Skin conditions
• Arthritis and Muscular Sprains & Strains
• Back problems
• Lameness and other Gait problems
• Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
• Working or Competition dogs
• Dogs that pull on the lead
• Aggression and other Behavioural problems
• Stress & Anxiety disorders
• Cystitis & Urinary disorders
• Recurrent Ear problems
Canine Bowen Technique does not ‘treat’ conditions. Through holistically working with the body and helping the dog’s own healing resources it aims to support dogs with such conditions through the rebalancing/optimising effects both locally and elsewhere in its body, which may help to improve its quality of life.
Carole has a very specific belief and philosophy when working with dogs. Carole and all Canine Bowen Technique Association (CBTA) practitioners, philosophy is:
• To listen and work in partnership with the dog.
• Creating a relationship of trust to maximise the effect of the session.
• Never forcing a Canine Bowen Technique session on a dog against his wishes.
• Using a holistic approach to session.
• Working collaboratively with the vets in the best interests of the dog.
• Recognising that dogs are a separate species and have their own needs and requirements.
• They DO NOT:
• Do not diagnose
• Do not treat conditions
• Do not prescribe or alter medications
• Do not force CBT on a dog
• Work to a strict code of conduct and professional ethics
• Fulfil standards of training and annual CPD requirements
• Maintain their own liability Insurance
• Only work in collaboration with vets*
*CBTA practitioners will only offer CBT in collaboration with the dog’s vet and only after receiving confirmation that the owner is working directly with their veterinary practice in matters concerning their dog’s current health.
Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute/replacement for normal veterinary care, but rather is complementary to it.
2. Equine Bowen Therapy
Bowen Therapy is a soft tissue therapy, it ‘disturbs’ the fascia or connective tissue, there is no pulling or cracking of joints and no insertion of needles. The therapist uses fingers or thumbs in a rolling action over specific muscles, tendons and ligaments, incorporating resting periods to allow the body to absorb the information and respond accordingly.
The treatment is essentially holistic, treating the whole body and is generally a pleasant and relaxing experience. A treatment will take approximately 45 minutes. Two or three treatments, usually at weekly intervals, may be required to achieve lasting relief.
Holistic Therapy for Horse and Rider
Equine Bowen Therapy allows the horse to perform his best for his rider. Likewise, by addressing any muscular stiffness in the rider with the Bowen Technique, the horse will appreciate a balanced weight on his back!
Any correction of a horse’s problem may not hold unless the rider is also in complete structural balance.
As with many holistic therapies, the body is treated as a whole, without referral to named disease. Bowen Therapists will treat the complete body, horse or human, and not a specific disease.
Conditions which respond well to EBT
The technique is useful for a wide range of conditions from acute pain to chronic conditions:
• Unlevelness, disunited gait or irregular action
• Uneven wear of shoes
• Muscle atrophy or uneven development
• Stiffness on one rein
• ‘Cold back’ or sore back
• Sluggish lymphatic system or weakened immune system.
• Uncharacteristic change of temperament or deterioration of performance
Horses can also injure their backs by getting cast, pulling back when tied up, slipping on tarmac or icy roads, and from poorly fitting saddles or rugs. Many older horses that have been retired due to stiffness have returned to gentle hacking following EBT.
Please note: The Bowen Technique and Equine Bowen Therapy are not intended as a substitute for medical or veterinary advice or treatment. If in doubt, please consult your Doctor or Veterinary Surgeon.
All horses will benefit greatly from a Bowen Therapy treatment; like tuning musical instruments tune – your horse will have more elevation in his stride by freeing the shoulder and more power from his hindquarters.
Find an Equine Bowen Therapy practitioner
Canine Massage Guild
The Canine Massage Guild boasts the largest network of therapists in the UK and is gaining a strong following around the world. The Canine Massage Guild is growing all the time so if there is not a therapist near you at the present then check back as there may be one near you soon.
If you are a vet and interested to see if Clinical Canine Massage is suitable for your patients, simply click here for more information. K9 Massage Guild – information for Vets
Clinical Canine Massage is used for chronic pain management, soft tissue injury rehabilitation and prevention, and supporting dogs with orthopaedic and neurological conditions and complements your veterinary care.
Clinical therapists can assess for orthopaedic and neurological conditions, allowing dogs to be speedily referred back to your vet if required. Therapists will also provide you with a sensible home care plans to help you support your dog at home.
Just like human massage, dog massage works so well because it is able to resolve soft tissue and muscular problems.
In dogs Trigger Points, tightening and shortening of muscles and areas of overcompensation often make a dog old before their time. We acknowledge that you know your dog better than anyone so no matter how small or big their issue is or perhaps you want to bring your dog along as a pre-emptive measure, we are here to help.
If you see any of these issues then we can guarantee your dog will undoubtedly benefit from a Clinical Canine Massage!
- Unable to go up / down stairs
- Unable to get in / out of car
- Mobility issues
- Lost their ‘sparkle’
- Posture changes
- Coat changes
- Uneven nail wear
- Twitching of skin
- Old before their time
- Unwilling on walks
- Back / Neck / Hip issues
- Poor agility performance eg: weave entry, measuring, knocking poles
For considerably more information go to Benefits of K9 Massage
There is a register of practitioners here: Find a practitioner
The McTimoney Chiropractic Association is a professional Association for Chiropractors. All animals may suffer from back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems at some time during their life. And like us, they may benefit from chiropractic care. Although it is mainly horses and dogs that have been treated, a huge variety of other animals have also benefited – cats, farm animals, birds and a variety of “exotics” – even an elephant. There are other specific indicators different animals may exhibit, such as dogs or cats may be having difficulty in climbing stairs, which obviously would not apply to horses, farm animals or exotic animals.
Chiropractic will align and balance the animal’s musculoskeletal system, so optimizing the individual’s dynamic flexibility. By making subtle adjustments throughout the whole body whilst paying special attention to the spine and pelvis, health, soundness and performance may be restored and maintained.
How to tell when your animal may benefit from a chiropractic treatment – below are some typical indicators:
• Reluctance to exercise
Your chiropractor will ask for a full history of your animal at your initial appointment to ascertain; what is normal behaviour for your animal, its performance level, its fitness level, age and any past or present problems. These details will also help define the number of treatments the animal may require. Many owners will use chiropractic as regular part of their training programme. This helps to maintain optimum performance and in down-times maintains comfort and helps prevent future problems.Your chiropractor will give you specific aftercare advice for your individual animal and this will be influenced by the age of your animal, the nature and duration of any problems, current activity and fitness levels.
• Changes or deterioration in performance, behaviour or temperament.
The McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA) is the only chiropractic association to have a specific group of chiropractors qualified and trained to treat animals. All members of the MCA Animal Group are registered chiropractors, who have completed their initial 5 year’s chiropractic training and have gone on to a further postgraduate qualification in animal chiropractic techniques. This dual training can be a huge benefit to horse riders or dog handlers as they can be treated in tandem with their animals.
Legally chiropractors may only work with the permission of the individual’s veterinary surgeon; the reality is that often the veterinary surgeon may suggest chiropractic as part of the remedy and in practical terms this may mean working in collaboration with the veterinary team.
Whatever the age of your animal, whatever your chosen life style, activity or sport with your animal, you can improve the comfort, and even performance of your animal with the aid of chiropractic care.
- Lameness or limb dragging
- Uneven gait
- Stiffness or pain after exercise
- Uneven muscle development
- Signs of discomfort when their back is touched
- Absence of resolution using conventional methods
Equine and Canine CranioSacral Therapy
“Equine CranioSacral (ECS) work is a holistic healing practice which uses extremely light finger pressure to optimize body movement. When applied correctly, this gentle and subtle technique can be highly effective in addressing a number of conditions in the horse.
CranioSacral work can be of benefit to the following equine conditions:
- Facial nerve paralysis
- Head injuries and traumas
- Emotional problems
- TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Blocked tear ducts
- Spinal injuries
- Hind end injuries
- and many others.
CranioSacral work can be of benefit to the following canine conditions:
- Hip dysplasia
- Head injuries/traumas
- Emotional problems
- Behavior problems
- Pre/Post Surgery
- TMD (Temporomandibular joint Dysfunction)
- Blocked tear ducts
- Spinal injuries
- Hind end injuries/lameness
- and others!!!
“What is Galen Myotherapy?
Galen (Canine) Myotherapy is a branch of massage therapy which promotes health and treats chronic muscular pain in dogs through unique massage techniques and exercise management.
It’s concerned with the prevention, management and treatment of movement and allied disorders. It encompasses detailed assessments and effective treatment programs, including specialised massage techniques along with dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques, to manage the chronic muscular pain and inflammation that is caused by the many different conditions that are so common in a dog’s life.
Using Positive P.A.C.T.®, Galen’s unique ‘choice led treatment’ protocol, dogs always have a ‘choice’ when being treated. Restraints are never used and Galen Myotherapy practitioners always treat on the floor or on a low level, where a dog is most comfortable.
The natural movement patterns of a dog can change following an injury or due to environmental challenges, which over a period of time can cause postural adaptations that can lead to discomfort and pain.
Galen Myotherapy promotes health and treats chronic muscular pain in dogs through detailed assessments and effective treatment programs, including specialised massage techniques. We also use dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques, to manage the chronic muscular pain and inflammation that is caused by the many different conditions that are so common in a dog’s life.”
Improvement in Movement and Performance
The horse communicates almost entirely through body language; from the most subtle level to the most obvious. Most of the horse’s body language is missed by us. The Masterson Method is an interactive method of bodywork in which the owner uses subtle changes in body language to get not-so-subtle results.
By applying levels of pressure (touch) and movement to the horse’s body in a way that the horse’s nervous system is unable to brace against or guard- and reading changes in the horse’s behaviour as you do this – you enable the horse to tell you where it is holding tension; you enable her nervous system to release it; and you enable her to tell you when it has been released.
That part of the horse’s nervous system that blocks out pain and discomfort (the sympathetic, or flight, fight or freeze) lets go, and that part of the nervous system that regenerates and heals (the parasympathetic) comes into play. This allows the horse to release tension that it has difficulty releasing on its own.
Working with the horse and not on the horse allows the horse to release tension in essential core muscles, and in the muscles of key junctions of the body that affect movement and performance.
Training and Behaviour – a Happier and More Cooperative Horse
Aggressive, “busy,” or nervous behaviour will often change when deep physical discomfort is relieved. This discomfort often resides in spinal and postural muscles of the horse. In some cases, the change can be drastic, especially when it has been building for years. Often, owners who have relied on the use of calming drugs or supplements to have safe horses, find them unnecessary when they help their horses release tension.
Build Trust with Your Horse and Connect on a Deeper Level
When horses understand that you are responding to what they are telling you, an instant level of trust develops that can transform the relationship with your horse. The reward of helping the horse release tension on this level can be significant.
It doesn’t matter what our discipline or relationship with our horse is; the horse is our partner and we should be constantly asking ourselves and our horses, what we can do to improve that relationship.”
Jim Masterson shares, “In effect, you’re not doing it TO the horse, you’re doing it WITH the horse.”
Watch him explain this treatment here Youtube Video
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
We asked Veterinary Osteopath and Classical Homeopath, Beatrice Milleder to write something about Osteopathy for our website. She gives her over-view here, but if you’d like to know more, you can visit the General Osteopathic Council https://www.osteopathy.org.uk/home/
Beatrice told us that Osteopaths work by moving, stretching and massaging muscles and joints. It is a manual form of treatment and diagnosis.
At its foundation are the following principles:
- Movement is life.
- Movement is not limited to the skeletal system but involves each and every cell of our bodies, including any form of metabolism and above all the emotional and mental levels of a being.
Osteopathy is a well-known therapy for ailments involving the back and extremities but it is so much more. Impulses can reach deep structures and it is always fascinating to see what happens with a patient even after only one treatment. A typical example would be a 14-year-old dog who doesn’t want to climb the stairs doing so after the first treatment. Their guardians tell you things like: “and I thought she was just old”
An osteopathic vet’s first aim is to find if the animal’s movement is restricted in any way so he or she can apply healing impulses with his or her hands to the affected regions of the body. The connective tissue (fascia, tendon sheaths and so on) of the body is a great helper in achieving this aim, as an osteopath can reach distant areas of the body even if he or she only treats one particular region. With enough experience and sensitivity, you can actually connect to inner organs even though you are not directly touching them ~ human colleagues who train and treat humans will attest to this, as with the recipient of the treatment. Likewise, with regard to the inner tissues of the brain ~ you can treat them by touching the bone structure of the head and building a picture of the soft tissue structures underneath.
Typical situations where Osteopathy is beneficial are:
- During rehabilitation after surgery, which usually is less problematic, smoother and with fewer complications. This applies to all animals and all kinds of surgeries.
- Common conditions where a lot of animals show progress even after one treatment:
- Dragging of toes.
- Difficulty jumping into the car.
- Struggling to climb the stairs.
- Problems getting up.
- Difficulty jumping on the cat tree.
- All kinds of pain involving movement. Very often the dosage of painkillers can be reduced or they are not needed any more post-treatment.
- Problems of incontinence (urine or faeces) – which are a substitute for any other kind of organ problem that can be treated with osteopathy – or at least greatly relieved. This includes tension stemming from castration, pain in and around the liver, pain in and around the stomach and so on.
Osteopathy is well known for horses and dogs. Many a ridden horse has its osteopath and a lot of dogs see them regularly as well.
In cats, it is less common, mostly because cats are usually better at hiding their problems. However, cats react wonderfully to osteopathic treatment and they often relax completely at the osteopath’s practice, something cats rarely do at the vet’s office.
We would be delighted to receive your cases about osteopathy successes – send them via our media contact form on the “contact us” page.
This section includes electronic equipment that practitioners use.
Some of these can be purchased for use by animal owners.
Photizo red light therapy
Photizo Light Therapy is a non-invasive complementary or alternative therapy tool for wound healing, musculoskeletal conditions and pain relief.
A Photizo Light Therapy device is a modern photobiomodulation device. Photobiomodulation (PBM) harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light at specific wavelengths proven to be effective in accelerating natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain. Cells that are damaged following trauma can be rejuvenated by red and near-infrared light. See here for more information
Photizo is the result of years of research. It uniquely combines the latest advances in LED technology to offer a modern phototherapy device, which is safe and simple for anyone to use. Highly recommended by worldwide human and animal health professionals, Photizo Light Therapy brings an amazing, powerful and extremely safe therapy into the hands of home users and pet owners who do not need to undergo training in the science of photobiomodulation therapy.
Photizo Vetcare, from the Photizo Home Care range, offers a complementary, non-invasive and effective treatment for numerous conditions and is ideal for use on companion pets, competition and working animals including horses and livestock.
The device is rechargeable and provides a one-touch, pre-programmed 31 second dose so anyone can administer effective daily treatment sessions and continue with a course of light therapy to optimise cell functioning throughout rehabilitation. For treating long term chronic conditions, the number of treatment sessions is dependent on the severity of the condition.
Photizo Vetcare is a convenient, versatile pocket-sized treatment tool used and recommended by vets, vet nurses and other animal health practitioners including physiotherapists which will help with the following:
- To maintain and speed up the healing process between professional treatment sessions throughout rehabilitation
- To be used long term to provide natural pain relief for your animal if they are suffering with a long term degenerative chronic condition
- For proactive use such as helping with muscle recovery on performance and active working animals. The effects can help to complement manual therapies like equine/canine massage
Photizo Vetcare has proven to be effective in the treatment of:
- Skin conditions: wounds, lacerations, Hyalomma tick bite necrosis, hot-spots, abscesses, saddle sores, Habronema, proud flesh, acral lick granulomas, bruising, otitis externa, pyoderma, pododermatitis, skin allergies, eczema, etc.
- Musculoskeletal problems: arthritis, tendonitis, myositis, ligament/tendon sprain/strains, bruising, fractures, neck and back pain, splints, overuse injuries, synovitis, oedema, hematomas, muscle injuries, muscle spasms, trigger points, seromas, mastitis, etc.
- Post-op: any area treated surgically, including skin grafts
- Other: corneal ulcers, viral/herpes-related conditions, sinusitis, retro-orbicular trauma
If you choose to buy a machine for yourself:
You cannot “overdose” on light therapy; however, it is very important that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines as to quantity / length of use to avoid any potential side effects and to ensure you reap the benefits.
It is also wise to talk to your vet or animal health practitioner with regard to how Photizo treatment would best be incorporated into your animal’s healthcare plan.
SCENAR is used for treatment, rehabilitation and maintenance. It can be used to treat all types of Conditions but is probably most commonly used to treat musculo-skeletal issues such as arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, back and neck pain, and sacroiliac injuries to name a few. It is useful for wound healing and post-op surgery site recovery. It will always enhance other treatments.
The SCENAR device is used on the skin (transdermal) but does not involve physical manipulation of the body.
It uses computer-modulated, electrical impulses to stimulate the brain (electroneuro-stimulator). The brain responds with its own signal which is detected by the SCENAR device.
The SCENAR device then interprets the brain’s response and modifies its next impulse back to the brain to work at restoring balance to the body (this is called active reflex biofeedback). The brain, in turn, sends a modified response (and so on) until equilibrium is achieved (homeostasis).
During this ‘conversation’, of constantly varying electrical frequencies and waveforms, the nervous system generates Neuropeptides (the key biochemicals needed by your body to heal itself – the body’s own pharmacy). This is what the body was designed to do.
After an injury or onset of disease the communication system between the brain and the affected body part can ‘break down’ or ‘get used to’ the signal from that body part. The brain begins to accept the abnormal signal as “Normal”. This is a reason why many conditions become chronic and unresponsive to treatment. SCENAR breaks the body out of this habit and restores correct communication resulting in effective and more complete healing.
The electrical pulses from the SCENAR device resemble natural nerve impulses and are therefore recognised as physiological. The signals have been specifically designed to prevent the body from ‘adapting’ to the stimulation in order to maintain the healing response to its completion, at a significantly increased speed.
Because of its unique, computer controlled biofeedback capabilities and ability to stimulate Neuropeptide generation, the SCENAR achieves excellent healing results.
SCENAR is very different from other electrotherapy instruments such as TENS or Electroacupuncture. TENS units are mainly used to provide pain relief. Electroacupuncture instruments are restricted to use over acupuncture points and they lack the individualised control provided by the bio-feedback capability. Only SCENAR combines energy measuring functions along with real-time feedback and constant adjustment to deliver just the correct type and amount of energy to the body.
SCENAR produces both;
> Local effects by stimulating the skin, nerves and circulation
> General influence by influencing nervous, endocrine and immune systems.
Overall, SCENAR is an effective, non-invasive medical technology, which works by stimulating the body’s inherent self-healing mechanisms, with no undesirable side effects.
Scientific Definition of SCENAR
SCENAR is an acronym for Self Controlled Energo-neuro Adaptive Regulator.
SC – Self-Controlled – The SCENAR device establishes a biofeedback link with the body when in use, constantly changing the properties of the applied electric impulses, in response to the measured reaction from the body.
EN – Energo-Neuro – The SCENAR signal is based on electrical impulses of a specific shape that mimic the natural nerve impulses of the body, and are thus recognised as physiological.
AR – Adaptive Regulator The SCENAR device not only provides direct therapeutic effect, but also activates the natural defences of the body.
There is no officially recognised register or regulatory body for Scenar, however some people who use it are registered for other reasons (Veterinary Surgeons, Physiotherapists etc.)