Chiropractic treatment can be applied to the extremities or the vertebral column. The goal of chiropractic treatment for the back, is to facilitate movement in joints with low range of motion. This increases blood flow which in turn stimulates electrical nerve conduction, enhancing oxygen and nutrient flow to muscles, to maintain optimal muscle health and function. In contrast, chiropractic treatment for the extremities deals with joints with a high range of motion. It is the same concept as for the back with regards to nerve conduction and blood flow, however, there are fewer muscles in the legs and the aim is to optimize the range of motion for the joints. This is done via a combination of adjustments, stretching, and proprioceptive exercises.
Acupuncture is used to supplement chiropractic treatments, because treating acupuncture points stimulates nerves which causes a release of chemicals, that in turn triggers muscle relaxation. A combination of trigger point acupuncture and traditional acupuncture (based on meridians) is used. I use traditional acupuncture for the treatment of an actual diagnosed problem such as sciatic nerve pain. When acupuncture is used it holds the chiropractic adjustment for longer.
- Athletic taping
Athletic taping lifts the skin away from the below tissues (by mm) in order to release pressure on the fascia, thereby enhancing blood flow. It also provides tactile stimulation to the horse, which sends signals from the taped area to the horse’s brain, enhancing symmetrical muscle development. Taping is extremely useful in young horses beginning their training, injured horses, or those being rehabilitated.
E-stim and electro-acupuncture are used for more aggressive stimulation of acupuncture points in select cases.