Veterinary “Chiropractic”, also known as Veterinary Spinal Manipulation (VSMT), is a treatment performed to aid in pain relief along stimulation of the nervous system. Adjustments that are performed stimulate large diameter nerve fibers inducing muscle spindle cell and golgi tendon organ activation. VSMT addresses segments of the spinal column or limbs that are hypo-mobile, or not moving through the full range of motion. These segments are then manipulated using a high velocity, low amplitude thrust in the direction of the articulation. These adjustments address the nervous system, circulatory system, and musculoskeletal system.
Signs your horse may need treatment with spinal manipulation:
• Soreness through neck or back
• Decreased range of motion in neck
• Abnormal head posture
• Change in behavior
• Decrease in lateral work or collection
• Poor performance or change in performance
• Chronic soft tissue injury
• Repetitive colic episodes
• Dental pathology
An initial spinal manipulation session consists of physical examination and movement evaluation along with possible flexion tests and neurologic evaluation. It is recommended to not work your horse for at least 24 hours after a session, but hand-walking or turnout is encouraged. We recommend that a follow up evaluation be performed within 2-4 weeks of the initial treatment. This therapy may need to be performed routinely to maintain the animal at optimum performance.
It is a frequent misperception that “chiropractic” treatments “put bones back into place”. This is not the motivation of this treatment modality, and if there is truly a “bone out of place” you will be referred our surgeon. This treatment modality breaks up joint adhesions and works with the nervous system to optimize nerve pathways along with aiding the body in pain modulation.