Animals – an introduction

As well as offering Cranial sacral treatment for you and your family members of all ages, we are also able to treat pets, farm and companion animals of many species, subject to veterinary permission, and subject to the animal being lead/halter trained and amenable to gentle handling. [Please also see ‘Treatment Environment and Animal Behaviour ‘.

Our patients to date have included;- cats, dogs, horses, sheep, rabbits, goats, and cattle!

Most animals that we keep as pets have a skeleton to support their bodies, transmit nerves, lymph and blood vessels, protect their organs, and allow them to move their bodies via muscles and joints. Many of our companion animals, or ones that we keep for commercial purpose, are mammals like ourselves, and, notwithstanding their definite species specific structural variations, have a body plan which is similar to our own.

This means that the bodies of our pets, are supported and held together in the same way as ours, i.e., by the connective tissue, and the same principles of body function and dysfunction apply to them as to us. Therefore, twists compressions and strains from trauma, tensions from stress, and congestions from infections etc, affect the bodies of our animals in much the same way as they do us. Again, the long term disruption to normal body function from traumatic strains, leading to compressed and twisted nerves, lymphatics and blood vessels, and disturbance of normal body involuntary motion, has the potential to considerably slow down tissue repair, disrupt organ function, and subject joints bones and muscles to abnormal wear. Over time this can lead to early degenerative changes, lack of well – being and athleticism, and possible behavioural problems.
Obviously how the animal expresses his or her discomfort or lack of proper function will depend upon;- species, temperament, environment, and what you require your animal to do for you!

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 Appointment Categories.

These are basically as for people except with obvious specific differences according to the requirements of the animal and his owner.

Treatment for animals. Please enquire for our current fees 

Veterinary permission is required in the UK before any practitioner may treat an animal. Please check with a Vet before you book an appointment. Most Vets are supportive of gentle manual therapy for their patients, as are many animal insurers who now cover this type of treatment in their policies when recommended by a vet.

Please be sure that your pet is house trained, reasonably obedient, and happy to be handled before bringing him for treatment. In order to be able to examine and treat your pet as effectively and safely as possible we need him to be relaxed. Whilst we are happy to try to help animals with pain related behavioural issues these must not be expressed in the treatment session otherwise treatment may need to be stopped but the normal fee will still be charged. Those needing the advice of an animal behaviourist please check  and click on our ‘Useful Links’ section, you will find helpful sites listed at the bottom of the page. 

Treatment for Equines.               

Most vets are supportive of Manual therapy for animals as are most equine insurers.

A full history will be taken about the horse including details of the problem, previous trauma or illness, diet, exercise, farriery, and management. Postural, conformational, limb balance and movement observations will be noted, and a gentle examination of the problem area for abnormal tension or function, and other associated parts of the animal’s body will be made to illicit the cause of the problem. These findings will be discussed with you along with any concerns about tack or rug fit and other general advice. If we feel that Sutherland’s cranial sacral therapy will be helpful for your horse we shall advise accordingly and a follow-up treatment session will be booked as soon as possible.

 For treatment we need a competant handler present; your horse needs to be relaxed, obedient, happy to be handled, and to stand reasonably still for gentle hands-on treatment. Whilst we are sympathetic to and happy to help horses with pain related and behavioural issues, for the sake of safety and effectiveness of treatment these must not be expressed in the treatment session otherwise treatment may need to be discontinued, however we regret that in this event that the normal fee and call out will still be charged as usual.

Owners needing the advice of an equine behaviourist/ trainer please check  and click on ‘Useful Links‘ and go to the links at the bottom of the page to get help.