Besides being a qualified/certified animal osteopath, I'm also a trained sports massage therapist. This combined expertise makes me exceptionally fit for treating your horse's and dog's muscle and back problems insightfully and prefessionally.
To become a certified canine & equine osteopath I've followed a three-years course at ICREO (International College for Research on Equine Osteopathy) in Germany. Only holders of medical or paramedical degree are admitted to the course. This program has allowed me to acquire profound veterinary anatomical, biomechanical, physiological, neurological and pathological knowledge. It is only on the basis of this knowledge that a horse's or dog's health can be assesses holistically.
I also took a one-year course in sports massage for horses (Jack Meagher method), a well-known and approved therapy in countries such as the US and the Netherland and I've followed a Masterclass at the Jack Meagher Intsitute Europe. In Belgium I am the only therapist practising this deep pressure massage method.
A short course in "The Masterson Method: Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork" has completed my veterinary education. Based on the horse's responses to my touch, I can identify and release tensions in the horse's most important junctions. This method can be seen as a step in between osteopathy and sports massage and therefore can be very well integrated in both treatments.
Recently I've learned a special technique to treat the cervical-thoracal region in horses. This is a region that is very difficult to acces because it's hidden behind the shoulder blade. However, many horses have problems in this region. I've learned this technique from Dr. Karin Leibbrandt (Equicare Plus).
Recentelijk heb ik nog een speciale techniek bijgeleerd om de CTO-regio van het paard los te maken. Dit is een moeilijk bereikbare regio, omdat ze verstopt ligt achter het schouderblad. Veel paarden hebben er nochtans problemen. Deze techniek heb ik geleerd bij Dr. Karin Leibbrandt (Equicare Plus).
Finally, I have gained experience in riding horses in a "straight manner", during my training period with Antoine De Bodt (www.hoefkatrol.com).
SInce I've completed my education in 20100, I have gained extensive experience, in both in osteopathy and JM sports massage. This allows me to adapt my treatment to each horse's or dog's (or cats) specific problems and weaknesses and to treat each animal in the most effective and efficient way possible . It gives me great satisfaction to see an animal relaxing during my treatment, relieved from its pain. Each follow-up inquiry informing me that my patients appear pain-free further strengthens my conviction that osteopathy and veterinary massage constitute a very valuable treatment for any an animal suffering from muscle and junction pains. Other problems can also be helped with osteopathy. You can read more about it in the chapters "equine osteopathy" and "canine osteopathy".
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