Julia Empey
Animal Osteopathy

About
Animal Osteopathy

Animal osteopathy is a manual therapy where the aim is to restore or maintain function and mobility of the musculoskeletal system. A holistic approach means that the whole animal is considered to ensure they are effectively treated. Osteopathic treatment can aid your animal should they have pain or discomfort, display behavioural problems or changes, demonstrate stiffness or inflexibility and ultimately ensure they are able to perform and function to their best ability. Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to achieve their goal and ensure that the treatment is appropriate and effective for your animal.

Techniques include:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Joint manipulation
  • Cranial release
  • Myofascial release
  • Stretching muscles
  • Muscle inhibition

We always work with owners to ensure the best results can be achieved. Each consultation consists of taking a full case history, a biomechanical assessment and evaluation (observed and palpated), treatment and a discussion of a treatment plan. A case report can be provided for your vet on request.

It is a legal requirement for any manual therapist to work under the consent of a veterinary surgeon. Below is a referral form which can be passed onto your vet should you wish to use it. Alternatively we can request consent on your behalf if you provide us with your vet’s details.

Animal osteopaths must be qualified registered osteopaths before undertaking animal training.

About Julia

Julia has grown up surrounded by animals and has been riding for over 30 years. Animal osteopathy was her first insight into the profession of osteopathy and the catalyst that led her to train as an osteopath.

Julia graduated from The London School of Osteopathy and then trained at The Osteopathic Centre for Animals (OCA) under the world renowned Stuart McGregor. Here she was able to apply her prior knowledge of how osteopathy can help people and adapt her skill to help animals improve function and mobility.

Julia is passionate about the care of animals, this has driven her to enter into a career where she can work alongside owners and vets to provide care for the musculoskeletal function of the animal.

Benefits for Equine

Horses, no matter what their role, deserve to be kept mobile, pain free and with optimum physical function. Whether your horses focus is dressage, show-jumping, eventing, racing, hacking, or trekking, osteopathy will be able to help them to perform to their highest ability. Osteopathic treatment can help your horse rehabilitate post injury or can be used as a preventative measure to maintain mobility and function.

Benefits of osteopathic treatment for horses include:

  • Optimising performance
  • Pain relief
  • Restoring biomechanical balance, function and mobility
  • Improved rehabilitation timing
  • Behavioural issue solutions
  • Reducing stiffness
  • Improved gait
  • Improved head carriage

Benefits for Canine

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are happiest when they can run around pain free and with optimal mobility. Canine osteopathy is a manual treatment with a holistic approach to the whole animal. A combination of soft tissue massage, articulation, mobilisation, manipulation, stretching and cranial techniques are used to create a bespoke treatment for your dog.

Benefits of osteopathic treatment for dogs:

  • Pain relief
  • Restoring biomechanical balance, function and mobility
  • Improved rehabilitation
  • Aiding behavioural problems
  • Management and relief from arthritic pain
  • Reducing stiffness
  • Optimising performance

Animal Osteopathy Fees

Equine Consultation: £65

Duration: 30-45min

— Full case history
— Biomechanical assessment\evaluation
— Hands on assessment
— Treatment
— Aftercare

Discount of £15 per horse for 3 or more horses treated at the same location.

Free travel within 20miles of of either IP19 or E1 post codes. 45p per mile travel charge thereafter.

Horse and Rider combined treatment: £100 per

Duration: 90 mins

— Full equine consultation (assessment and treatment)
— Ridden assessment if requested
— Rider evaluation, assessment and treatment
— Combined aftercare advice for horse and rider
— Warm dry area required for rider examination and treatment

Discount of £15 per horse and rider combination for 3 or more combinations treated at the same location.

Free travel within 20 miles of of either IP19 or E1 post codes. 45p per mile travel charge thereafter.

Canine Consultation: £45

Duration: 30mins

— Full case history
— Biomechanical assessment\evaluation
— Hands on assessment
— Treatment
— Aftercare

Discount of £10 per two or more dogs treated at the same location
Free travel within 20miles of of either IP19 or E1 post codes. 45p per mile travel charge thereafter.

Areas covered: London, Essex, East Anglia, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Willing to travel outside these destinations with discussion.

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