Chiropractic is a non-invasive treatment that uses specific, controlled movements by the veterinarian to correct and relieve pressure caused by any subluxation (misalignment) in the bony column (spine and limbs). Relieving this pressure enables your horse's nervous system to function properly and restores joint range of motion, muscle function, and neurologic reflex pathways. 

Subluxations can occur in any joint at any time for many reasons (tripping, falling, bucking, overgrown hooves, change in exercise/discipline). A subluxation occurs when bones move out of their normal position due to increased stress, such as exercise or trauma. This misalignment stops the joint from functioning and moving properly, often decreasing the range of motion of the joint.  When the range of motion is restricted, it leads to secondary issues, such as musculoskeletal soreness and neurologic deficits (tripping, knocking rails, inability to turn). These changes can lead to pathology, injury, and disease.  

Depending on the presenting concern, Rapid Release Technology (RRT) may be used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment.

Symptoms where chiropractic care may be indicated include: 

  • Neck, back, leg, tail pain

  • Muscle spasms, nerve problems

  • Disc or joint problems, limping

  • Jaw or TMJ (hinge connecting jaw to the skull) problems.

    • Difficulty chewing

  • Slip, fall, sports injuries and accidents

  • Bowel, bladder and internal disorders

  • Post-surgical care

  • Maintenance of joint and spinal health

  • Behavioural or mood changes

Many animals with chronic injuries or internal disorders can benefit from regular adjustments and both of our veterinarians are trained in animal chiropractic.

Dr. Marshall-Gibson has completed over 250 hours of training in animal chiropractic at the Animal Chiropractic Education Source (ACES) in Meridian, Texas and is Nationally Certified in Animal Chiropractic (CAC) by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). 

Dr. Finazzo earned her veterinary spinal manipulation certification (chiropractic) with the Integrated Veterinary Medical Institute at the University of Florida, in addition to completing a course on Herbal Medicine.

?For more information on Animal Chiropractic, or to learn what certification by the AVCA means, please go to the AVCA's website.