This is a question I get asked so many times! And the answer is yes but I'm also so much more!
So what is the differenced between a physio, chiropractor, osteopath and sports massage therapist?
We look at muscular development, muscular tension, conformation, movement and posture. Using this we then devise a treatment plan that may include manual therapy such as massage, stretching, electrotherapies and targeted exercises. These address the muscles, ligaments and tendons, circulatory and nervous systems. Physiotherapy can help relieve pain, improve mobility aid with weight loss and help with fitness.
These professionals use manual therapy to target biomechanical dysfunction of the spine. Chiropractors perform adjustments which are short thrusts to realign the spine and this then has affects on the nervous system in general.
Osteopaths believe the body has the ability to heal itself. They use gentle manual techniques to release muscular tension, regulate nerve supply, circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Sports massage therapist:
These therapists apply targeted sports massage to treat musculoskeletal problems but also aids circulation, flexibility and muscle health.
All these treatments are complementary and overlap to a certain extent and but are never a replacement for veterinary care. However, they are beneficial in the management of long term conditions, rehabilitation and fitness conditioning plus they are non invasive and drug free!
So the answer is yes, a lot of the time I treat problems with the back but in order to treat an animal fully you need to look at the bigger picture. For example a lot of hindlimb lamenesses in horses also manifest as soreness in the back. This is because animals compensate for weakness and injury by changing their movement and shifting their weight onto unaffected limbs.
I can also help you bring your horse or dog safely back into work after an injury or help you work towards a fitness goal. Help aid healing of fractures, reduce inflammation, improve core strength and rehabilitate neurological conditions.