Manipulative therapy, known to most as chiropractics or spinal therapy, involves the manipulation of joints in order to place them back into their normal range of motion. When joints are operating outside of their normal range of motion (subluxated) they can be quite painful, causing the muscles and soft tissue structures in the area to be sore from the added strain, and can lead to further advancement of arthritis, as the joints can become quite irritated, inciting a sometimes profound inflammatory response....click here for more information
Chiropractic Adjustment and Acupuncture provide many health benefits to your horses, regardless of whether they are show animals, work animals, or companions for your pleasure. These treatments can provide relief from a multitude of issues, including but not limited to inflammation, gait issues, and lameness, as well as issues that may not be responding to traditional veterinary treatment.Make an appointment to discuss your equine friend’s specific issues to determine what is best for them.
Dr. Barbie’s practice is focused on these modalities, allowing her to both focus on specific maladies and courses of treatment that can truly change the life of your horse, and in turn give you added years of quality time with your investment, and friend. Whether it’s treatment for a specific issue, or regular maintenance to prevent future health issues, your investment will provide you added benefit at a fraction of the cost of addressing these issues once damage has been allowed to progress to the point of serious concern, thus preventing unnecessary expense and pain.
There are many different methods of adjusting horses. Trained through the Options For Animals chiropractic course, Dr. Barbie uses very passive and direct adjusting techniques to minimize the amount of trauma and injury. Dr. Barbie does NOT practice long-lever techniques.“I find in my practice that a lot of hind limb ‘lamenesses’ and gait abnormalities can be attributed to the spine and related structures. Sometimes the spinal issues are secondary to more significant underlying musculoskeletal issues (hock/stifle pain, etc.), so it is important to address the primary issue(s) before expecting the secondary spinal issues to resolve.”
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a bit about Dr. BarbieDr. Barbie is from Orange County, California, home to some of the pre-eminent names in horse racing, which is where she got her start in veterinary medicine. She is not just a equine veterinarian, but is also a trained competitive rider in both English and Western riding disciplines.