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What role does alternative therapies play alongside convetional medicine?


For what reasons should I book an appointment for my horse?


Can alternative therapies really improve a horse's performance?


Why do you charge per treatment, not per hour?


Why are separate vertebral & joint realignment appointments not offered?


Can I opt out of chiropractic treatment?


What is the difference between a Vertebral & Joint Realignment Therapist and a Chiropractor?


What role does alternative therapies play alongside conventional medicine?


Veterinary medicine plays an extremely important role in a horse's health care, but it does not always offer all the options available for treatment. This is where alternative therapies come in. Not to replace veterinary care, but to compliment it and aid in improving the health of the horse.

 Veterinarians are important for diagnostics, especially with their ability to do many exams, scans, and blood tests. They are also important in treatment, providing advice, pharmaceuticals, and surgical procedures when necessary. 


But the importance of veterinary care does not negate the incredible benefits and effectiveness of alternative therapies, especially when it comes to speeding healing and resolving pain. 


Pain reduction or resolution, increased mobility, stimulated circulation, and improved lymphatic drainage are all key benefits to the physical therapies.

Whereas natural remedies can provide safe alternatives or additions to pharmaceutical medications. 

For example: honey has incredible antimicrobial properties and is more effective against MRSA than antibiotics, aloe has amazing effects on the gastrointestinal system including reducing inflammation and spasms, and calendula can drastically speed the healing and reduce discomfort of a wound.


Please check out our Massage Info, Chiropractic Info, Acupuncture Info, and Natural Remedy Info pages for more information!

For what reasons should I book an appointment for my horse?

- Presenting pain

-Lameness

-Gait is "off"

-Colic

-Swelling and heat anywhere

-Injury

-General unwellness

-Improve performance

Can alternative therapies really improve a horse's performance?

YES! It REALLY can! When muscles are loose and strong, the skeleton is in alignment, and there are no aches or pains your horse can perform and its maximal ability! Imagine how much a longer stride or a more balance jump can bring you, when the window between winning and losing is so narrow in many sports.


Why do you charge per treatment, not per hour?

Because it would be unfair, mostly to the horse. I do not like putting a time limit on therapy. I'm not on a production line. I am dealing with a living breathing animal whos issues don't go away because the timer is up. I prefer to take my time, give each horse my individual attention, and make sure they receive a thorough and complete treatment. If it takes an hour? Great! If it takes two? Cool! What I care about in the end is that the horse receives the complete treatment it needs.

Why are separate vertebral & joint realignment appointments not offered?

Because they are not truly meant to be done separately! The muscles and the skeleton are truly a singular intertwining system, that is why it is called the musculoskeletal system! One effects the other, and both should be treated together. The majority of issues are muscular at their root, therefore contorting the bones out of alignment. If the bone is realigned without releasing the afflicted muscles, the muscles are going to pull it right back out of alignment. If a skeletal misalignment is the root, muscle pain often accompanies it, and should therefore be addressed at the same time.

Can I opt out of chiropractic treatment?

Of course you can. Some horses are already seeing a chiropractor. Some owners are simply uncomfortable with chiropractic adjustments. At the appointment I will explain the risks and benefits, my findings, and what chiropractic adjustments I'd recommend. You can also check out my Chiropractic Info page to read about risks, contradictions, and benefits of chiropractic adjustment. It is completely up to you as the owner to decide what you feel is best for your horse.

What is the difference between Vertebral & Joint Realignment Therapist vs. a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor is either: a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) who went to school to learn to practice chiropractic medicine on people, then went on to fulfill the qualifications for working on animals. OR a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) who went to school to learn to practice general veterinary medicine, then went on to fulfill the qualifications for performing chiropractic adjustments on animals. 


As a Vertebral & Joint Realignment Therapist: I went to the University of Guelph for my Equine Science Certificate. I then went to the School of Equine Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy and got my Equine Massage Therapy Certificate. After that I returned to the School of Equine Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy to receive my Vertebral & Joint Realignment Certificate. My education is all very equine and holistic specific.