Incorporating Alternative Therapies into Veterinary Medicine
Thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine, there are always new and innovative therapies that we incorporate into our patient's treatment plans.
Equine acupuncture and chiropractic care are commonly incorporated into the treatment of several conditions including musculoskeletal disorders and back pain as well as subluxations in the spine and extremities of horses.
Chiropractic and acupuncture are frequently used in tandem to help stimulate the nervous system to increase overall health and performance.
Meet Our Certified Chiropractic & Acupuncture Practitioner
Dr. Audrey Carlson is certified in chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Associate and veterinary medical acupuncture. She is dedicated to helping her patients feel their best and perform at the top of their ability.
Chiropractic Care For Horses
Chiropractic care is based on the idea of treating subluxations of the spine and extremities of horses. Subluxation is the decreased or abnormal movement of a joint. This decreased motion can be caused by inflammation of connective tissues within the vertebral canal and thus affects how the nervous system is able to communicate.
Chiropractic treatments correct these subluxations by applying a high velocity, low amplitude force into the joint. This allows the joint to realign within its normal range of motion. This is done after motion palpation of each joint to determine whether it has a normal or altered range of motion. The adjustment allows for better communication and functioning of the nervous system which decreases pain, allows for proper joint mobility and increases overall comfort.
Why Use Acupuncture On Horses?
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese belief that channels (or meridians) of the body can become occluded and impede health. It was thought that these meridians could increase their efficiency of communication through the insertion of a small gauge sterile needle.
As medical knowledge advanced, these meridians correlated directly to neurovascular channels containing blood vessels and nerves. Once inserted, the needles will help stimulate these channels and surrounding connective tissue which alleviates pain, muscle soreness, and promotes organ function.