Carolyn McGregor Equine & Animal Osteopathy with Healing

Equine and Animal Osteopathy:

Qualified in Equine and Animal Osteopathy, Carolyn McGregor provides consultation, assessment and Osteopathic treatment with advice for owners, with veterinarian referral.

Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy with Animal Healing and Communication can be requested.

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Each and every horse is equal and deserving when it comes to ensuring its health and well-being. Every horse will be listened to, treated with dignity and gentleness; given full Osteopathic care and attentiveness throughout.

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Potential Benefits of Osteopathic treatment may include:

  • Improvement in over all health and well-being including emotional well-being;
  • Improved performance;
  • Improved joint mobility; improved vascular and lymphatic drainage;
  • Optimised recovery following injury
  • Decreased pain and muscle imbalance.
  • Diminished likelihood of further re-injury.

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Booking your Equine and Animal Osteopath – What to Expect?

  • Vet referral and consent form signed prior to first consultation

The Consultation:

    • A full and comprehensive case history will be taken;
    • Observation at rest;
    • Observation during walk up and trot up; in a circle;
    • Observation when ridden;
    • Osteopathic assessment of the horse/dog etc.,
    • Osteopathic examination of the horse/dog etc.,
    • Osteopathic treatment with advice to owner re. further remedial work; onward referral; Advice about any course of further Osteopathic treatment;
    • Follow up – phone call or consultation with re-assessment and re-examination and further Osteopathic treatment where appropriate.

When to consult your Equine and Animal Osteopath?

  • Symptoms which may indicate benefit from treatment
  • Diagnosis from a veterinarian

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Osteopathy can be useful in the following areas:

  •  Reduced performance
  •  Gait problems: halt and loss of collection; dis-uniting; short stride; lacking focus and concentration; tracking up; cross-canter problems; pulling uphill or rushing downhill;
  •  Problems with head carriage;
  •  Reluctance to trot or canter on certain reins;
  •  Uneven muscle tone and muscle bulk; muscle imbalances and spasm;
  •  Scoliosis patterns; vertebral lesions and sacral imbalance;
  •  Areas of pain and sensitivity;
  •  Poll and Bridle sensitivity; saddle issues;
  •  Stiffness in particular areas and stiffness in the older horse;
  •  Maintaining mobility in competition horses;
  •  Assistance in preventing bucking between transitions;
  •  Changes in behaviour: bucking; bolting; rearing; kicking; refusing to jump; refusal to load into trailer; sensitivity to brushing; difficulty with shoeing;
  •  Osteopathic treatment to assist in rehabilitation of diagnosed conditions such as lameness or arthritis;
  •  Osteopathic treatment following ligament injury; tendon injury; spinal and other joint dysfunction.

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An essential part of the Osteopathic assessment is the Walk Up and Trot Up in every case.

Observation and Assessment in Walk Up
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Observation and asessment in Trot Up
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Observation and Assessment in Trot Up

Conformation and foot conformation is also assessed. The foot confirmation can affect the foot flight of your horse.

The horse in motion is assessed in relation to its foot conformation and the foot flight: hoof take off; hoof flight; hoof fall; hoof placement.

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I am always happy to work in conjunction with you; your vet; farrier and equine dentist and saddler. Sharing specialist skills and knowledge for the improved health and well-being of your horse.

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Observation and Assessment in a circle – refining understanding of factors impeding gait and mobility.

Observation and Assessment in Canter: Observation of the ridden horse in canter will include listening to the footfall. Observation of strike off and hind-limb tightness. Observing how the horse engages the hocks beneath him so the forelimbs can clear the ground.

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Equine and Animal Osteopathic treatment principles encompass many Osteopathic techniques tailored specifically to the individual horse or animal according to their presenting symptoms; a detailed case history; active assessment in walk up, trot up, and canter; with thorough examination and explanation for the owner or trainer.

Equine and Animal Osteopathic treatment may consist of a number of Osteopathic techniques including:

  •  Soft tissue massage technique Stroking – to soothe, calm the horse and particular areas of the body prior to or after treatment. Can be used during treatment when transitioning to different areas of the body;
  • Soft tissue massage technique Effluourage – aids improved lymphatic and venous drainage; helpful in resolution of swelling over an old injury.
  • Soft tissue massage technique Petrissage – involves a number of refined and subtle techniques of kneading, compression, squeezing, picking up and skin rolling – all assist in increasing circulation and oxygenation by separating muscle fibres and re-setting the resting tone of muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs – vital in enhancing stretching and flexibility through a profound understanding of the anatomy of the musculo-skeletal system; the connective tissues and the physiology of stretching.equine osteopathy 129

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  •  Stimulatory massage techniques are used rhythmically in therapeutic sessions and during warm up/cool down sessions. Used to relax muscles and increase circulationequine osteopathy 071
  •   Articulation and mobilisation techniques – Osteopathic principles, practice and treatment at its most refined, to assist and enable deep healing and improved mobility.

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  • Passive range of motion and Stretching techniques for the entire horse – used following warm up either from being worked or through soft tissue massage techniques. Aids relaxation; decreased muscle tension; increased circulation; increased elasticity; increased flexibility; increased co-ordination; diminished likelihood of ligament sprain or strain; increased stride length.

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With heartfelt gratitude to Buddy and Paul for their tremendous patience and kindness throughout; and for Annie Bungeroth my photographer.

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In memory of my father Ken who gave me so much and for whom my Equine and Animal Osteopathy is my living gift of thanks.


An inherent ability acknowledged early in childhood and refined and further developed over many years enables a greater degree of listening to the horse. The healing connection between myself and the horse is intuitive, gentle and accomplished. Insight and understanding through the healing act with communication may occur naturally in the Osteopathic treatment, according to the needs of the horse and its presenting symptoms. Guided by this process, my hands may gently come to rest over specific areas until the healing is completed.

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Healing is a specific act and requires full concentration and quiet attunement. Healing can facilitate emotional as well as physical well-being. Healing when offered with Equine and Animal Osteopathic treatment principles, often enables the animal to relax more deeply and deepens the working relationship I may have with your horse; further optimising the efficacy of the principles and practice of Osteopathy.

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Ethical considerations: 

Osteopathy should not be used as a substitute for veterinary care and attention.

Please note that paragraph 19, Section 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act and the Animal Welfare Act and the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct states that all animals must be seen by a veterinary surgeon and that the veterinary surgeon must be content for Osteopathy to be given.

With any concerns you may have about an animal’s health or well-being, your first port of call must be a veterinarian. Only a vet may make a diagnosis or prescribe.

Regarding Homoeopathy:

Please note that an owner may provide Homoeopathy for the animal in their care.

A veterinary surgeon may provide Homoeopathy. Under UK law it is illegal for a Registered Homoeopath who is not a veterinary surgeon to prescribe Homoeopathy for an animal.

Healing – definition: channelling healing energy through the hands from a universal source of energy. Healing should not be a substitute for veterinary care and attention.

Carolyn McGregor adheres to the strict code of conduct and ethics of her Registering bodies, maintains current indemnity insurance for the treatment of Equine/animals and is licensed in the provision of Equine/Animal Osteopathy having completed a one year post graduate training April 2014 with Stuart McGregor at the Osteopathic Centre for Animals, Orchard House, Portway, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 9BY. United Kingdom.

To book an appointment with Carolyn McGregor please contact Mobile: 07766330489 or visit the website:

Registered with the General Osteopathic Council, Osteopathy House, 176 Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3YY. Tel: 0207 357 6655

Registered with the Institute of Osteopathy, Park Terrace, 3 Manor Road, Luton, Beds. LU1 3HN. Tel: 01582 488455

Registered with the Alliance of Registered Homoeopaths, Millbrook, Millbrook Hill, Nutley, East Sussex, TN22 3PJ

Homoeopathy for Hayfever by Carolyn McGregor

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Homoeopathy for Hayfever:

Hayfever: Meadow on Midsummers Day 24.06.16The beautiful and prolonged warm weather whilst delighting many brings with it increased sensitization for hayfever sufferers. Homoeopathy has a number of methods of prescribing which can diminish sensitization, and boost your immune responses and overall health and well-being. Homeopathy is a beautiful, complex and effective way of understanding our health and what our symptoms are actually expressing about ourselves from all spheres of our being: spiritual, mental/emotional and physical.

The need for the body to have a ‘clear out’ can be expressed in a cold or in ‘hayfever’. Have you ever noticed how your hayfever symptoms may be similar to your cold symptoms. Coincidence? Or might your individual health expressing in its own language of ‘symptoms’ the need for your deeper understanding and care of it? Sometimes, our emotional issues cannot be safely expressed as emotions and become somatised within the body and expressed as physical symptoms.

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Homoeopathy has a number of methodologies or philosophy of understanding and prescribing for the signs and symptoms in the physical responses expressed in Hayfever and may employ Classical Hahnemanian prescribing to boost and support your constitutional health; perhaps in conjunction with Isopathy – providing the body with a small dose of the allergen in potentised Homoeopathic form, for instance for those sensitive to tree pollens, grass pollens or other specific allergens can benefit.

The Homoeopath will also explore with you the prevailing emotions aroused by your suffering, and tailor the Homoeopathic prescribing to your individual needs and emotional state

expressed along with the physical ailments. Here it is worth considering the remedy Allium Cepa, the red Onion. As with all Homoeopathic remedy pictures, the scope of detail within the Homoeopathic proving of Allium Cepa is magnificent. Homoeopaths may prescribe upon a particular facet of the remedy or upon its entirety, the simillimum being the key, of ‘like treating like’.

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Cutting up raw onions provokes active sneezing and lachrymation. Allium Cepa causes increased secretions by acting on the mucous membranes of eyes, nose, larynx and bowels. The remedy therefore has enormous merit in the treatment of common colds and Hayfever. The desire for raw onions may indicate its need. Hayfever and acrid nasal discharges with laryngeal symptoms may indicates its need.

Coryza, headache, cough and hoarseness. Acute colds from damp weather. Coughs, cold or headache, worse in a warm room, better in the open air, worse again on returning to a warm room. Worse damp weather, spring, evening. Rest aggravates, motion ameliorates. Worse afternoon and evening, when lying down.

The cough of Allium Cepa is caused by tickling, with the constant inclination to hack in order to relieve it. The cough may be provoked by inhaling cold air (cf. Rumex Crispus).

Causations, the conditions which may induce the remedy picture of Allium Cepa are damp, cold wind; colds of spring; Hayfever of August; epidemics of spasmodic coughs in autumn.Hayfever: Meadow on Midsummers Day 24.06.16

Eyes red, sensitive to touch, flow of tears; burning, smarting lachrymation. Sensitive to light. Burning in eyelids, worse coughing, desire to rub them. Swelling around the eye.

Earache, shooting pain in Eustachian tube. Aching extands into the throat. Itching in ears from allergies. Otitis media. Discharge of pus. Hardness of hearing.

Headache, dull, with coryza. Catarrhal headache, forehead, worse in a warm room, towards evening. Aching in forehead, extending to eyes and face, better for free running coryza. Pain in occiput extending down the neck.

Nose drips. Burning and smarting in the nose. Profuse watery discharge with sneezing, acrid burning, excoriating the nose and upper lip. Sensitive to the odour of flowers and the skin of peaches. Feeling of a lump at the root of the nose. Hayfever (cf. Euphr, Sabad, Psor) Allergies every August.

Hoarseness of throat; sensation of a lump in the throat. Tickling in the larynx. Expectoration of lumpy mucous from posterior sinuses. Sensation as if larynx split or torn. Pain in throat extending into the ear.

The distressing symptoms of Hayfever can be ameliorated by careful Homoeopathic prescribing. Over the counter Homoeopathic medicines can be a hit or miss experience for most members of the public, as Hayfever reflects disturbance in the constitutional health and requires the careful case history taking, examination and prescribing by a Registered Homoeopath, who will ensure accurate and careful prescribing tailored to your specific condition with advice about what to expect during your consultation, treatment and symptoms.

To contact Carolyn McGregor Registered Osteopath Registered Homoeopath please use the Contact Page of this website or M: 07766330489

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2022/2023:

Osteopathy for Athletes and Sports Injuries

Saturday 24th December 2022: 08:15am – 15:00pm;

Sunday 25th December 2022: CLOSED

Monday 26th December 2022: CLOSED

Tuesday 27th December 2022: 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Wednesday 28th December 2022: 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Thursday 29th December 2022: 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Friday 30th December 2022: 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Saturday 31st December 2002: 08:15am – 15:00pm;

Sunday 1st January 2023: CLOSED

Monday 2nd January 2023: CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd January 2023: NORMAL CLINIC RESUMES 08:15am – 19:30pm;

Epidemic Energy

As a Homoopath, I have been speaking about the role of epidemic energy since mid – July last year, 2019. With the propensity to laryngeal and bronchial complaints with loss of confidence and feelings of loss of position in the world, society. Certain remedies have been coming through gently and clearly as underlying themes for a while.  

Homoeopaths are tasked with the role of finding those remedies from Nature which assist the economy of the body, the environment both inner and outer, towards greater balance and harmony. 

If you can, focus on Nature. She will show you the path. It may simply be sunlight through your window. A plant. A bird singing. Magical Nature heals and transforms. 

With any condition, or expression of life in Nature, there are positives and negatives. In our personality, and within our emotions, the same positive and negative expressions. 

I noticed that certain specific themes were emerging around us, whilst we are all bathed in the epidemic energy whose vector, currently is COVID 19. 

Fear of acute business failure;

Fear of death; of dying;

Fear loss of loved ones; Being left alone;

Is restless, continually changing places; extremely nervous, restless and anxious.

Anguish and restlessness. Despairs of recovery. Thinks it useless to take the medicine.

Fear of death and disease, yet tired of living, worse at night;

Fear of being approached; suspicious; mistrustful; fear of contamination; of germs;

Fastidious; fears the order will be upset; fears disorder; germs, disease, contamination.

Over sensitive, fault-finding; Irritable, selfish. 

The remedy where these themes are emergent is Arsenicum Album. 

Hmmmm…. sound familiar? These are not necessarily just specific to you but are themes of the epidemic energy of which we are all susceptible to right now. 

Why are we susceptible now?  

One of my little patients said to her mum: ‘ Mummy, I think we have the corona virus so the earth can learn to breathe again…’

We have just passed through the Spring Equinox, we saw the peak of the news of the arrival of COVID19 with the Equinox. The Equinox, a Time of change.  

Pluto is the deep cleanser, who shines a powerful light into those deeper aspects of our being and psyche which we find difficult to look at; where we don’t want to change or find difficult to do so, is strongly with us right now. It helps us.

In direct conjunction, is Saturn whose excesses of indulgence, enjoyment, materialism etc., are shown in the negative attributes of the base chakra whose ruler is Saturn: unstable, resentment, insecurity, anxiety, worry, bad tempered. 

The positive traits of Saturn/the Base chakra: reverence, perseverence. radiance, stability, learns lessons of patience, accepting of karma.

We then have Mars coming in, ruler by fire, who brings energy in bursts. Sudden change, upheaval. … Its negative correlates, fear and anger. Mars, ruler of the solar plexus brings the positive attributes of courage, fearlessness, calm, non-impulsive commitment.

After this has passed too we have Jupiter, bringing expansion, renewal, new energy. Change.  A different way of doing, seeing and Being. 

Negative attributes are sifted, tested, shifted and dissolve.

Positive attributes clothe the soul with lighter sensibilities and awareness. These stay with us as we journey forwards.

There is an opportunity for Quiet. Peace. Transcendance. Calm through it all. Wisely centre your self. Listen to silence. If you must, listen to good music. But most of all embrace Stillness and Silence. Be at one in the small moments of your every day Being and Be with Nature.

Jupiter, ruler of the sacral centre brings transformation, letting go of old values, embracing our true spiritual values. Brings renewal. Hope. Transformation. Transcendance of old patterns and values. Optimism. Honour. Truthfulness. True religious understanding. Self confidence.

Wisely centre the lower three chakras or energy centres of the body. Be seated and still. Rest.  Yoga. Stretch. Meditate. Prayer. Be thankful.

Eat well and simply. Do not indulge. Seek balance in all things. Drink plenty of water. Sleep early and well. Seek to balance activity with rest;  

Balance Doing with Being. Seek the light of the Spring sunshine. Walk in the brightest part of the day. Rest even more. Be observant. To others. To your inner voice. To that of Nature. Seek your true purpose and true needs.

Be Kind. Trust in all things.