ANIMAL NORMALIZATION THERAPY

Osteopathic Approach to Small Animal Rehabilitation

Full Spectrum Canine Therapy

The Secrets of Nature's Design are Alignment and Lubrication!

Andrew Still DO, the founder of Osteopathy, created a form of medicine that is
over 150 years old that focuses on the healing of Nature's structure, form, and
function
of the body. Doctors of Osteopathy go through the same rigorous training
as medical doctors, with their main emphasis on the STRUCTURAL and
FUNCTIONAL integrity of the body!

Dutch physical therapist, Patricia M. Kortekaas, developed Animal Normalization
Therapy© (ANT) techniques for veterinarians and animal rehabilitators using the
common Principles of Osteopathy. One of the most distinct principle of osteopathy
is the importance that the body protects itself with an injury.

The body will PROTECT around a HIERARCHY of IMPORTANCE:
   1. Blood supply, lymph system, and unifying fascia
   2. The central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system
   3. The organs
   4. Endocrine system
   5. Musculo-skeletal system

ANT© practitioners use the categories listed above in their exam and treatment
methods to restore the body back to full health and function. We use the musculo-
skeletal examination to determine where we will start with our treatment for the
patient. Once we have figured out where the Area of Greatest Restriction is, we
determine what somatic (body) dysfunction it is, and how we are going to resolve
it!

What do we do with our specific mechanical exam? Our hands are our instruments,
and we feel for joint restrictions in the spine and extremities. This is bascially the
feeling of a loss of glide and/or slide in the joint capsule. A "healthy" joint has a
"springy" joint end feel, and a dysfunctional joint has a "hard" end feel. A trauma
to the body is defined as a sudden pull, compression and/or shear to the tissues,
and that trauma can cause restrictions in joints and tissues.

What is Animal Normalization Therapy?

Animal Normalization Therapy© (ANT) is defined as "an unique combination
of manual therapy techniques derived from the Principles of Osteopathy with its
main goal to "normalize" and "restore" vascular, lymphatic, neurological, and
fascial dysfunctions in the body".

ANT© is subdivided into six categories:
   1. Vascular Normalization Techniques (VaNT) - manipulation of blood vessels
   2. Lymph Normalization Techniques (LyNT) - resolve lymph stagnation
   3. Fascia/Dura Normalization Techniques (FaNT and DuNT) - alter fascial lines
   4. Neurological Gait Normalization Techniques (NeuNT)
   5. Cranial-Sacral Normalization Techniques (CrsNT) - cranium/dura techniques
   6. Functional Indirect Techniques (FIT) - unwinding techniques

To contact the clinic for more information or for classes:

Full Spectrum Canine Therapy
4175 East Amazon Drive
Eugene, OR 97405
541-686-0101
541-686-0202 (fax)
email: pkortekaas@msn.com


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