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Equine Acupuncture & Chiropractic Treatment

Horses are like athletes and just like human athletes, to perform at their optimum, they need adequate rest, healthy diet (specific to the demands of their discipline), nutritional supplementation as appropriate and a regular regime of stretching and muscular skeletal maintenance to prevent injury and disease.


Equine athletic performance such as horse racing or dressage often places the whole body under stress. Ligaments and muscles are under strain and the heart and lungs have to work harder than normal. The nervous system is required to work harder than normal and cells are metabolizing at a faster rate.


When muscles are fatigued and joints are loaded, injury is more likely to occur. If you expect the best from your horse and wish it to perform at a consistently high level, regular treatment may be helpful to prevent injury and to maintain peak physical fitness.


Whether you are at the top of your equestrian discipline, striving to reach the top, or simply enjoying the unique pleasure of owning, riding and developing a relationship with a horse, you will find that expert assessment and treatment in either Acupuncture or Chiropractic will have far reaching health and performance benefits, and will profoundly affect your horse’s gait, enthusiasm, stamina and paces.


Any of the following may indicate that your Horse needs treatment:

  • Gait abnormalities – lameness, uneven, stumbling.
  • Poor race performance.
  • Swelling & inflammation.
  • Stiffness / poor lateral bending.
  • High or low head carriage.
  • Bucking.
  • Head tossing or shaking.
  • Injuries – fall, slip, cast.
  • Enhancing fertility.
  • Injuries – fall, slip, cast.
  • Change in posture or conformation.
  • Difficulty collecting.
  • Refusing jumps.
  • Difficulty standing square.
  • Change in behaviour.
  • A poor fitting saddle. 

Chiropractic and acupuncture techniques can help with a wide range of ailments including:

  • Back and neck pain.
  • Tendon injuries.
  • Torn muscles.
  • Joint pain.
  • Tying-up.
  • Azoturia.
  • Tender girth.
  • Respiratory disorders.
  • Neurological disorders.
  • Gastrointestinal problems.
  • Reproductive disorders. 

Foals, weanlings and yearlings need to be assessed for spinal and joint misalignments. During the birthing process the spine can be injured, and research has found that 2% of foals can fracture or break a rib whilst being born. Often what appears to be conformational faults can be corrected by Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatment within the initial stages of the growth period.


If you are unsure if your horse can be helped with Chiropractic or Acupuncture assessment and treatment or you would like to discuss this further please call Fiona Lewis on 0425 242 446.







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