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Orthomanipulation

Complaints concerning the musculoskeletal system can be caused by very small correctable misalignments of the pelvis, joints and spine. The goal of orthomanipulation is to correct the vertebral and joint misalignment, thereby allowing the spine to adjust to a normal position and the nervous system to recover itself. In 2001, Dr. Aharon combined her knowledge of orthomanual medicine with veterinary science. She developed an orthomanipulative method specifically for animals: the Aharon method. Experiences drawn from current practice demonstrate that this method works very well on animals. Currently this is also scientifically researched.

Reasons for an orthomanual consult are:

  • It is difficult for my dog to stand up or my cat is stiff.
  • My dog or cat cannot climb the stairs and my dog cannot jump into the car.
  • My dog or cat is lame during a longer period of time (and rest and medicine do not work).
  • My dog or cat is partly paralyzed, trips over his/her feet.
  • My dog or cat has had a disc hernia.
  • My dog or cat is restless or fearful.
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Orthomanuual treatment

Treatment

Dr. Aharon relates to the patients first and foremost as a veterinarian. She checks the history of diseases and performs general, orthopaedic, neurologic and orthomanual examination. Then, a clinical diagnosis and a plan for a treatment are made. This plan can consist of a conservative treatment, further diagnosis or surgery or reference back to the referring veterinarian or to a veterinary specialist. Orthomanual therapy can be part of the treatment plan. The orthomanual treatment consists of the aligning of a vertebra or joint through a soft movement of the hand.

Follow-up treatment

After the first treatment, follow-up treatment will take place. Depending on the patient, the type of injury and the treatment, the aftercare can consist of: advise on physical exercises and training, ergonomic advise and/or further consultation over the phone. After the treatment some pain is to be expected. However, this pain disappears fairly quickly, often within 48-72 hours following treatment. A concluding check-up after three months is advised.

Orthomanual sport check-ups for your dog

Prevention is better than curing. Enjoy working or sporting with your dog? To prevent unnecessary injuries or lameness due to working or sporting an orthomanual sport check-up and examination of your dog is advised.

Sport checks from an orthomanual perspective consist of:

  • assesment of the gait;
  • assessment of the position of the vertebrae, joints and the skeleton in general;
  • assessment of the joints, bones, tendons and muscles (by means of palpation);
  • supported, if necessary, with X-rays, possibly a blood test (when indicated by your own vet).

Treatment and advice can consist of:

  • correction of the misaligned joint or vertebral positions;
  • training and rehabilitation advise;
  • prescription of medicine therapy.

In February, March, April and October we offer a 10% discount on orthomanual sport checks.

Puppy check-ups

Puppies grow quickly. Muscles are not fully grown, and do not fit the bones and joints yet. The result is the charming picture of a ‘clumsy’ puppy. Especially a playful puppy who loves to tumble, jump and slide can hurt him- or herself. Pain or lameness may result, but is difficult to detect because of the enthusiasm of the young animal. That is why a puppy check-up is not an unnecessary luxury. Dr. Aharon will examine your puppy and if necessary, will treat him or her and guide you in handling your puppy.

Rehabilitation and fitness training

Dogs can undergo a rehabilitation, exercise- and fitness training. Reasons for rehabilitation and training are:

  • muscle-contractions;
  • injuries to muscles and tendons;
  • postoperative patients (after surgeries on knee, shoulder or hip);
  • animals with disc hernia or paralysis (post-traumatic or postoperative);
  • animals with lumbosacral instability and lower back pain;
  • animals with arthrosis (for example, dogs that have difficulty getting up, especially after resting);
  • hypermobility with animals that are still growing (the dog seems to ‘fall apart’).

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