Equine Services – Offering both mobile and in clinic services
Help keep your horse performing at their best through preventative therapy. Dr. Browne, DVM is certified in acupuncture and veterinary spinal manipulative services. Dr. Browne will develop individual therapeutic exercise programs designed to keep your horse at their best. A typical therapeutic program will take into account your discipline, your horse’s conformation, and all available resources.
Injured horse? We can help with that too. We can help your horse regain soundness by strengthening injured tissues quicker and affording more flexibility than if left to heal naturally.
Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy
Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy is an alternative method of care that complements traditional veterinary medicine. It deals with the musculoskeletal system, primarily the spine. When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a subluxation. Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints, and even distant organs, glands, and body functions resulting in dysfunction of the nervous system. To correct the subluxation a veterinary spinal manipulative adjustment is used.
Indications for Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy:
Reduction in range of motion, Muscle imbalance/spasms/atrophy, Problems or difficulty executing desired movements, Decrease in level of performance, Behavioral changes (i.e. refusals, cinchy or girthy, bucking), Gait problems (such as cross canter, loss of collection, refusal to pick-up lead, Injuries’ resulting from falls, training, or other activities).
Equine acupuncture is currently recognized by the AVMA and the AAEP as an accepted and scientifically valid treatment modality. Acupuncture gives us a “map” of the body, involving hundreds of points that largely fall along one of the 14 primary meridians. These points correspond to different elements of the body and allow us to understand what is going on with the body holistically. The meridians relate to the musculoskeletal system and internal organs. In Chinese medicine, pain or illness is due to the blockage of “Qi” or energy along one or more meridians. Qi can be blocked by both internal and external factors such as stress, trauma, bacteria, viruses, etc. Using acupuncture we treat pain and illness by inserting acupuncture needles into specific acupuncture points and stimulating these points.
Some conditions treated with acupuncture:
Musculoskeletal conditions, Lameness, Neurological disorders, Cardiovascular diseases, Respiratory disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders, Behavioral problems, Dermatological problems, Immune-mediated diseases, Renal/urinary disorders, and reproductive disorders.
Therapeutic Exercise Programs
Individual strengthening exercise programs can be customized to target weak areas developed due to compensation or conformation. We can provide therapeutic exercises targeted to the client’s horse to help avoid injuries and provide overall strengthening.