Equine Chiropractic Therapy
Spinal Manipulative Therapy is synonymous with Chiropractic, and is a study of the interrelations of bones, joints, and the nervous system.
Spinal Manipulation is often used to “make us feel better,” but it is also very important in keeping our nervous system healthy. All the joints in the body (both ours and our pets’) have nerves in them called “proprioceptors” which give very important information to the brain about the body’s balance and movement. If our spinal joints are not moving properly, they will not stimulate these proprioceptors correctly and the information sent to the brain and nervous system is reduced. Each of these proprioceptors in the body connects with thousands of other nerves, so reduction in the functioning of one area can affect many other areas.
Equine Acupuncture Therapy
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners view health very differently than Regular or Western medicine practitioners.
Many Eastern cultures believe that living bodies are energetic beings with channels or “meridians” of energy running throughout the inside of the bodies, as well as along the outside. They contend that in order to maintain proper health, the energy of the body must be balanced. Acupuncture is one means of reestablishing balance. This practice involves inserting slender needles into certain points in the body to help maintain the proper flow of energy along the meridians. It has been a favored modality for over 3000 years.
Herbal therapy refers to medications derived directly from plants and animals. The power of plants is often underestimated, both in their ability to heal and also to harm.
Herbal medications can come in the form of a single plant (“Western” herbs), or have multiple ingredients within one formula (“Eastern” or “Chinese” herbs). Chinese theory proposes that all foods have energies or directions -- up, down, inward, outward, cooling, warming, etc. Herbal recipes, which can involve as many as twenty herbs in a single well-balanced formula, were composed using these ideas. The earliest reference, Bole’s Canon of Veterinary Acupuncture, reveals the longevity of this therapy, as it dates back to 621 BC.