Acupuncture & Chiropractic Evaluation
Colts Head Veterinary Services uses acupuncture and chiropractic evaluation as diagnostic modalities and therapies both on their own and in conjunction with Western medicine. These alternative therapies can aid in the localization of pain, as well as an adjunctive therapy to treat certain ailments such as skin disease, head shaking, lameness, colic, and back pain. Dr. Klayman can perform veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic care on your horse.

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in China. Therapeutic effects are produced when specific sensitive points are stimulated. This results in improved healing, relief of muscle spasms and pain, and numerous other benefits. The painless stimulation is performed with thin sterilized needles. Electro-acupuncture, when small electric pulses are used in conjunction with traditional needles, can also be used for greater effect in some cases.

Chiropractic evaluation and treatment is a system of identifying and adjusting mal-aligned segments of the spine and limbs. Therapy is directed to the vertebral column to restore normal motion and function. After a chiropractic treatment, horse owners can notice an increased range of motion, decreased pain, improved performance, and behavioral changes.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Laura Parisio Wood on the completion of the Equine Chiropractic course at the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute in Reddick, Florida.

Veterinary Medical Manipulation is the practice of treating joint dysfunction within the spine and/or limbs, helping to improve circulation, range of motion, and the health of the surrounding soft tissues. The adjustments are made upon bone segments along the plane of a joint. Historically, spinal manipulation (chiropractic therapy) has been used in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain. Based on clinical evidence we can now use this modality in the diagnosis and treatment of restrictions within:
  • the neck
  • pelvis
  • jaw/TMJ
  • poll
  • upper and lower limbs
Pain and/or loss of normal range of motion in any of these regions can lead to problems such as poor performance, behavioral changes, lameness, muscle atrophy, resistance to bit contact, and poor mastication (chewing). Restrictions can occur following a singular traumatic event or be the result of chronic, repetitive stress on joints, creating imbalance and compensatory abnormal weight bearing.

Additionally, we can incorporate this knowledge into our lameness exams, wellness and performance evaluations, dental exams, and in rehabilitation from injury. Spinal Manipulation (chiropractic) has its place not only in the treatment of existing pain and restrictions, but also in the prevention of injury.