The body has the ability to heal itself. It has a “knowing” of what it needs to heal but, sometimes it just needs a hand to nudge it along. That’s what the healing touch of manual therapy or osteopathy (ah-stee-ah-pathy) provides. In this type of healing the function of the joint is what is the focus for therapy. Once function is restored, the structure will follow. And, this is what differentiates Osteopathy from Chiropractic, where the structure is the primary focus and function follows.During a manual therapy session with an animal I scan the joints to see if there is an area where movement is restricted. Then I add compression to the joint and hold it in a neutral position. This supports the body in adjusting the muscles, bones and energy to restore function in a gentle and non- forceful manner. Often the pet feels better right away, sometimes it takes a couple of sessions. Many times the body has layers of dysfunction and compensatory areas of restricted motion which show up on subsequent visits as we slowly peel back the layers that have built up through the years. Using this therapy in conjunction with Acupuncture just makes sense. As function is restored the Qi (energy) can flow better and restoring the Qi flow helps the function of the joints. Thus I usually follow Osteopathic treatments with Acupuncture and I am very happy with the results for my patients.