Veterinary chiropractors use hands on spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, as well as working on the muscles and soft tissue. This is done to restore proper alignment to the horse’s musculoskeletal system, in particular the spinal column. Proper alignment and mobility allows optimal function of the nervous system and the horse as a whole. Equine chiropractic treatment is an integral part of traditional veterinary care. It doesn’t replace veterinary medicine; however, it is a great complementary form of therapy and can be used in conjunction with acupuncture for even further benefit.
Dr. Robyn Kopala completed training in equine veterinary chiropractic therapy at the Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic. Further information can be found at:
Equine veterinary chiropractic therapy can be very beneficial in the diagnosis and relief of musculoskeletal pain in the following circumstances:
• Compensatory musculoskeletal pain secondary to lameness
• Ill-fitting tack
• Following trauma or extended lay-ups
• Presence of kissing spines or other conformational abnormalities