‘Sylvester the Rabbit’ goes to the osteopath


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Abstract

Animal osteopathy has wide application and is not solely for the backs of agility dogs and competition horses. An osteopath considers the whole animal and examines areas distant from the site of injury, in addition to the injury itself. An osteopath applies this approach to any species of any size. Animal osteopath, Claire Short, treated Sylvester, a rabbit unable to hop straight. Examination revealed a shoulder injury, so osteopathic techniques were used to improve the movement of the gleno–humeral joint and surrounding structures. He responded well to treatment; shoulder movement improved, and all compensatory patterns from the injury disappeared.

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