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Dr. Cumper works on a horse. Dr. Cumper works on a horse. Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic

Chiro2Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic operates under the belief that horses need comprehensive care. Utilizing both conventional western medicine and alternative therapies can help ensure that horses perform at their best. That's why we are proud to offer alternative medicine for your horse, including chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage, therapeutic joint injections, IRAP joint therapy, PRP growth factor injections and stem cell injections.

Equine Chiropractic (Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy or VSMT) is a holistic approach to Equine Sports Medicine that is based on symmetry and movement. The spinal column is made up of bones (vertebrae), muscles, ligaments, and nerves. The spine functions to support the body and serves as an attachment for muscles. Nerves exit the spinal cord between vertebrae and communicate information to the entire body.

When joints are moving normally, the horse is flexible, happy, and healthy. When joints are not functioning well, the animal becomes stiff and the nerves that exit the spinal column through these joints elicit painful signals. We evaluate the entire spinal column looking for vertebrae that are not moving well (also described as being subluxated or "out"). When these areas are identified they can be adjusted with very specific rapid thrusts to improve the motion at the particular location.

Since our integration of chiropractic into our traditional examinations, we have seen tremendous results of improvement. It is truly another advantage to using a progessive clinic like SVEC.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic exams and adjustments, when performed by trained professionals, are safe, effective and vital to maintain the correct movement and soundness in horses. Chiropractic is concerned with the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (the nervous system), as that relationship can affect health and athletic ability. A chiropractic examination begins with static and motion palpation of the spine. The examiner is looking for abnormal movement or abnormal vertebral position. When this abnormal condition is located, an adjustment is performed. If performed correctly, an adjustment will not harm the horse.

Symptoms of spinal problems in your horse can include:

  • Discomfort when saddling
  • Discomfort when riding
  • Wringing tail
  • Pinning ears
  • Refusal or unwillingness to perform
  • Development of unusual behavior
  • Sensitivity to touch or brush
  • Undetermined lameness
  • Bad attitude: biting, unfriendliness
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