Complementary Therapies

Chiropractic Adjustments

Horses are versatile and athletic animals. Like humans, horses can develop musculoskeletal pain that can hinder their performance.

Chiropractic adjustment offers tremendous potential in animal health care. The practice does not encompass the entire study of health and disease, but it does offer alternative and additional explanations for ailments as well as a complementary therapy.

The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship of the structure (primarily the spine) to the nervous system and how that relationship interacts in the complete picture of body bio-mechanics and movement.

If you would like to set up an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment for your horse contact our office at 651-770-6167.

Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be described as “an ancient Oriental system of therapy”. The technique has been used on animals and humans for thousands years. Veterinary acupuncturists use a variety of techniques to stimulate acupuncture points, including solid needles, injection of fluid into the points, electricity or heat.

Acupuncture brings about a variety of physiological changes which can be beneficial for many diseases. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and can trigger the release of compounds such as endorphins and cortisol.

There is much we still do not understand about acupuncture and its effects, but we do know that acupuncture can be useful in many conditions. The most common conditions treated in veterinary medicine are neurological and musculoskeletal problems such as paralysis, arthritis, muscle injuries and vertebral disk disease. Acupuncture can also be beneficial in gastrointestinal diseases (such as non-surgical colic, respiratory diseases (such as heaves), and some reproductive disorders.

If you have further questions about acupuncture, how it can benefit your horse, or to schedule a consultation in order to begin therapy, contact our office at 651-770-6167.