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Andrews (Eleanor) - New Forest Animal Osteopathy


Eleanor Andrews (MOst, DO, PGCHE, Animal Osteopathy, PG Cert SPOP, AAO, RAMP) is a fully qualified and insured animal osteopath She is registered with the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP) who advocate the Gold Standard of Musculoskeletal practitioners. Eleanor is a leader in her field, teaching both nationally and internationally and lecturing at MSc and post graduate level, she is Chair of the Association of Animal Osteopaths (AAO), Director of Education of Animal Osteopathy International (AOI) and is Vice President of RAMP.

Eleanor offers animal osteopathic and rehabilitative services as well as owner talks/workshops in the New Forest and East Dorset area using her extensive equine experience.

She also works (as New Forest Animal Osteopathy) in conjunction with Animal Osteopathy International to provide professional and owner education as well as The Centre of Functional Osteopathic Medicine and Sandbanks Osteopathy to provide osteopathic, bodywork and rehabilitation services for the whole family (children and adults).

By law (Veterinary Act, 1966; Veterinary Surgeon’s Exemptions Order, 2015), anyone treating your animal requires Veterinary consent to do so. As such Eleanor will ensure that vet consent is obtained before treating your horse. This ensures the supported health and welfare of your animal and that should any further veterinary investigations be pertinent, Eleanor can be in communication with your vet to support and ease this process.

Does your horse need treatment? You don't necessarily need to be experiencing problems for your horse to feel the benefits of a treatment, Eleanor regularly works with health maintenance and competition care cases, but if your horse shows any of the following signs, it may be that Osteopathy can help?

  • Change in behaviour, more ‘aggressive’ or ‘grumpy’
  • Ears back, tail swishing or trying to bite you when you tack up or tighten the girth
  • Difficulty with correct canter lead or tends to go ‘dis-united’
  • Tail swishing and head tossing whilst being ridden
  • Taking a lot of effort to contain and ‘work’ the horse together
  • Doesn’t feel like your horse is jumping to their potential
  • Bucking or reading when being ridden
  • Difficulty holding up a leg for the farrier or leaning on you when you are picking out their feet
  • Horse feels ‘stiff’ and warming up takes a long time
  • Difficulty with lateral work or movements that were previously easy
  • Horse gets ‘in deep’ to a fence to jump or ‘stands off’ too far every time
  • Feels like you are riding downhill
  • Horse shows discomfort when grooming or has areas they don’t like being brushed
  • Rushing or not moving when ridden
  • Headshaking, head-shy or just doesn’t like its head/ears being touched
  • Difficulty getting your horse to ‘engage the hindquarters’
  • Knocking poles whilst jumping or ‘lets a random pole down’
  • Change in herd dynamics/’pecking order’ in the herd
  • Or just wanting to keep your horse feeling tip top and/or at the top of their game for competitions

Eleanor uses an in-depth understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and enhanced assessment ability to understand the processes leading to dis-ease within your horse.

She uses a range of techniques from very gentle (which can be used on a new-borns) to more ‘structural’ as necessary and appropriate, each carried out with finesse and specificity to ensure it is fully suitable for the individual. These may include massage, soft tissue treatment, stretching, articulation, adjustments, positional release and balancing techniques, myofascial, cranio-sacral, visceral, lymphatic, and neurological treatment along side kinesiotaping (if suitable) and rehabilitation/exercise management plans.

As an experienced educator, Eleanor’s enthusiasm for improvement of animal welfare and quality of life ensures that she helps the owner to understand the processes going on within their horse and how best to support and manage their activities. She creates rehabilitation and management plans that work for you both to achieve your goals in a sustainable way, considering environmental and physical limitations and works closely with vets, farriers, trainers, physiotherapists, hydrotherapists and other professionals, to best support your horse.

Areas Covered. The New Forest and East Dorset areas up to and including Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs, and Corfe Mullen areas

Ref: 2585-564

Link: www.nfed.co.uk/d.php?ref=564

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