Beware of unrecognized practices.
Again, that which holds these conditions in place is a neuronal interference called vertebral subluxation complex that is not even recognized in the veterinary medical community and is the basis of every chiropractic adjustment done on humans.
It is interesting to note there are as many practicing chiropractors in the United States as there are practicing veterinarians.
A practitioner who can recognize this cause-and-effect relationship, and find the source of these neural interferences, and repair them, will be effectively able to completely treat conditions found in the horse and also be able to optimize the animals function and performance. (This optimization is a closely held secret by equine veterinarians on the racetracks and in equine competitions throughout the world).
You may ask yourself at this point how could chiropractic adjustment possibly relieve colic, or laminitis, or navicular disease for that matter?
Vasoconstriction in horses
The answer is that one of the major effects of the vertebral subluxation complex is vasoconstriction, or compromise blood supply to various tissues. If blood supply to the colon is compromised in the horse because of subluxation in the mid back, you’re going to get colic. If blood supply to the lamina of the hoof is compromised you’re going to get laminitis, which is painful, and the pain chemical (arachadonic acid) cascade produces more vasoconstriction, which then produces more laminitis, which produces more pain and vasoconstriction, a vicious circle. (This can be very acute or chronic in nature).
It is important to note at this point that there are other methods for treating laminitis and other musculoskeletal and somato-visceral disease (autonomic nerve-directed disease) in the equine that we use in an adjunct to equine chiropractic. This is done as a means to optimize care and decrease the time it takes rest to bring about a resolution to the disease process.
For instance, in laminitis will routinely adjust this animal on schedule which may take five or six adjustments over a 2 1/2 month period of time, and also apply the frequency specific low level laser therapy (FSLLLT). This combination of therapies quadruples the success rate that we have with chronic laminitis and navicular disease cases. The linking page has basic information on animal adjusting, equine chiropractic, in the incredible spectrum of disease conditions that we can treat using a low power highly selective laser that is frequency specific.
The applications and benefits of frequency specific low level laser therapy (FSLLLT) are so extensive as to incur a paradigm shift in the way that veterinarians approach veterinary disease particularly in large animals who cannot be easily operated on and whose mass makes medical therapy impractical or too expensive. Pretty much, “you name it and we can treat it with a frequency specific low level laser”.
In gaiting problems for instance like a horse that will not change leads or is reluctant to change leads in training. We find that this animal has vertebral subluxation complexes in their lower cervical area that compromises their range of motion. So for them to change their lead they have to overextend the other leg within their stride and they can’t completely do that or it’s going to hurt so they reluctantly will not change leads.