Integrative Medicine: Chiropractic & Acupuncture

A variety of integrative therapies have gained popularity within the equine community in the past few decades. These treatments are termed integrative as they are intended to be used in conjunction with traditional western medical practices to provide whole healthcare for your equine companion. The aim of both acupuncture and chiropractic is to not only restore health and performance in an already ailing animal, but also to detect and correct areas of “weakness” before they develop into health or performance obstacles.

The therapeutic effects of equine acupuncture, which dates back to 2000-3000 BC in China, are produced when specific points, which are areas of increased electrical sensitivity, are stimulated. This results in increased circulation, relief of muscle spasms, improved body defense system, and numerous other benefits. Dr. Wendy Leich, Dr. Jaime Horner, and Dr. Misty Gray are trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Dr. Leich has also served as the USET’s 3-Day acupuncturist for the past four Olympic Games.

The chiropractic philosophy is centered around alignment of the vertebral column to restore full range of motion which enhances nervous system function and biomechanics. The chiropractic evaluation consists of two parts: evaluation and adjustment. During the evaluation, Dr. Gray will watch the patient in motion followed by “motion palpation” of the joints or motion units of your horse from poll to tail, including all four legs. This thorough exam is performed to detect areas of discomfort, asymmetric muscle development, and decreased range of motion. The chiropractic adjustment utilizes very anatomically specific low amplitude, high velocity thrusts to restore correct biomechanical motion and nerve function to enhance the body’s innate ability to heal and maintain wellness..

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