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Horses Performance Enhanced With Chiropractic Treatment

Inside the June 19, 2006 publication of the Thoroughbred Times arrives a story by a veterinarian, Sean Redman, D.V.M. who uses chiropractic on the horses he cares for. He begins by explaining, "The concept of chiropractic therapy is that proper function of the musculoskeletal system allows the rest of the body, especially the nervous system, to operate properly also. When this occurs, one's body has the ability to heal itself, fight disease, and keep optimal health."

The author notes that there is no formal training in veterinary school for chiropractic care. However, presently there are two organizations offering such training. Both the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association regulate certification of doctors in the field of animal chiropractic.

Within his article, Dr. Redman explains the objective of chiropractic for horses as follows, "The goal of the adjustment is always to restore normal mobility to the joint, thereby stimulating normal neurological reflexes and reducing pain and muscle spasm. Using this method, chiropractic therapy treats the nervous system by way of the musculoskeletal system in a conservative and noninvasive manner that improves the body's innate healing capacity." The article also noted some signs which might be present when a horse has vertebral subluxations. They include horses that pin their ears when ridden, pull constantly on one rein, have a problem picking up a lead or changing leads, avoid standing squarely on all limbs; or have difficulties standing for the farrier or for other procedures.

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