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Equine veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic and rehabilitation treatment provided by a highly skilled, experienced and qualified Equine Veterinary Surgeon.

Dr. Angela Holland BVSc BSc (Hons) Cert AVP (EP) IVAS Cert (Acu) PCAC MRCVS.

For performance, rehabilitation and pain management.

Fully insured with the Veterinary Defence Society.

Veterinary chiropractic or acupuncture treatment is not a replacement for traditional veterinary care; it is an adjunct to keep your horse working well and performing to the best of their ability.

 

 

 
 
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Dr. Angela Holland

Veterinary surgeon

BVSc BSc (Hons) Cert AVP (EP) IVAS Cert (Acu) PCAC MRCVS 

 
 

Dr. Angela Holland is an experienced equine VETERINARY SURGEON. She graduated from the University of Liverpool Veterinary School and went on to follow her LIFE LONG passion for equine care working in private equine practice for a number of years. tHIS WAS followed by almost 9 years at the world-renowned University of Liverpool equine veterinary faculty as part of the primary care team for Leahurst Equine Practice working alongside many acclaimed specialists. As Principal Veterinary Surgeon she gained her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Practice) from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

Dr. Holland is an internationally approved Veterinary Chiropractor (IVCA) and is one of the first VETERINARY surgeons in the united KINGDOM to hold her professional certificate in animal chiropractic. SHE IS ALSO A COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE BRITISH vETERINARY CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION (BVCA) WHO ARE DEDICATED TO ENSURING HIGH STANDARDS IN THE PROFESSION.

In 2012, she completed the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA) course on veterinary acupuncture. She then furthered her professional development  by studying for 2 years in Belgium to gain her Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). At the present time there are only seven people in the United Kingdom on their register working at this high level of qualification. 

She is a member of several PRESTIGIOUS governing bodies:

RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons)

IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association)

BVCA (British Veterinary Chiropractic Association)

Ivas (International veterinary Acupuncture society)

RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners)

 
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Equine Chiropractic Care

 

The overall goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore normal joint motion, stimulate neurological reflexes and reduce pain and muscle spasm.

It is a common misconception that Chiropractors look for “bones out of place”. Chiropractors are in fact ASSESSING for vertebral subluxation complexes (VSC), these are functional misalignments of vertebrae (also known as restrictions), so THE JOINT IS NOT MOVING CORRECTLY.

If a VSC is present, the horse loses normal flexibility of its spine – affecting performance and resulting in muscular tension and stiffness. this may put a strain on other parts of the body and can lead to secondary restrictions or conditions. Reduced mobility between two vertebrae can affect the nerves that leave the spinal cord and alter the nerve function which can stop THE flow of information which is necessary for co-ordination of bodily functions and muscular contractions.  Every movement, from the twitch of the tail to the most advanced ridden movement, is only possible by SYNCHRONISATION of many muscles - a problem in information transfer can affect everything.

Small disturbances may cause a change only revealed on examination but will stop your horse from performing to the best of its ability. iN CONTRAST, incorrect movement from lack of coordination or back pain, WHILST BEING RESTRICTIVE IN ITSELF, can ALSO cause injury to other joints, tendons or ligaments.

A thorough knowledge of equine anatomy, soft tissue, joint biomechanics, musculoskeletal pathology and tissue healing processes is required to apply joint MOBILISATION and manipulation. techniques which Dr. Holland has gained through many years in equine practice, education and professional development.

 
 
(*Acknowledgement: Some of the chiropractic client information is taken from the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association Leaflet, “Equine Chiropractic Care” and their website)

 
 

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SOME CAUSES OF VSC:

 
  • General everyday riding

  • trauma - slips, falls etc 

  • PERFORMANCE – EVERY type of equine discipline STRESSES THE SPINE IN DIFFERENT AND        SPECIFIC WAYs

  • POORLY FITTING tack  

  • RIDERS –  SITTING unevenly 

  • FOOT CARE – CORRECT HOOF CARE AND SHOEING IS VITAL OR THE LIMBS WILL NOT MOVE in the correct arc of flight AND THIS WILL AFFECT THE SPINE

  • TRANSPORTATION

  • FOLLOWING GENERAL ANAESTHESIA

  • AGE 

  • BREEDING DIFFICULTIES – FORCEABLE EXTRACTION CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR THE MARE AND FOAL

 

 
 

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Common conditions veterinary chiropractic can be used for include:

 
  • Sacroiliac joint disease

  • Poor performance

  • Enhancing performance ability in sports horses

  • Post surgery

  • General back pain

  • Chronic musculoskeletal problems

  • Acute problems, such as tension or stiffness

  • Kissing spines

  • Maintaining soundness in older animals

  • Complementary treatment for chronic lameness, such as tendon problems, OsteoArthritis, navicular syndrome etc

  • Mare and Foals (Foals can be adjusted from 1 week of age)

  • Reproductive problems

  • some visceral issues, such as colic, COPD

  • Traumas, such as a fall

  • As an alternative for horses that require pain relief for minor ailments that would be unable to compete under regulations that prohibit drug use such as phenylbutazone.

 
 

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Common symptoms indicating that your horse may experiencing PAIN from a subluxation include:

 
  • Reduced performance     

  • Abnormal or reduced sweating patterns

  • Abnormal posture

  • Snapping and pinning back its ears when being saddled

  • Disobedience when being ridden/behavioural problems

  • Putting their head back or up or by hollowing the back - not wanting to collect

  • Swishing its tail and pinning back its ears

  • Problems with jumping

  • Difficulties with collected or lateral gaits – changing leg in canter or incorrect lead

  • Changes in behavior 

  • Change in facial expression

  • Sensitivity to touch

 

Common symptoms indicating a VSC affecting muscle co-ordination and mobility of the horse, thus decreasing performance:

 
  • Abnormal or irregular gait

  • Stiffness when bending or in general posture

  • Brushing

  • Stiffness on leaving the stable

  • Difficulty working long and low

  • Difficulty engaging the hind quarters

  • Difficulty flexing the poll

  • Pulling more on one rein

  • Rider sits to one side due to the horse

 
 

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gENERAL INFORMATION

 

To keep your horse in good health and performing to the best of their ability, routine assessment is advised every 6-12 months. This way issues can be picked up and addressed early which could stop progression of pathology or compensations.

As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable that your horse’s first treatment is not carried out within two weeks of a competition. However, once we know how your horse responds to chiropractic treatment, it has been shown it can enhance competition performance.

Following treatment your horse will need 24-48 hours off work, ideally out in a paddock. Depending upon the problem, your horse may become more sore for a short period of time but this will be discussed with you. Similarly, Depending upon your horse’s problem and chronicity of issues, you will be advised how many treatments they may require and at what frequency; Normally this is between one and four treatments. 

the role of a chiropractor is similar to that of an orthodontist. The orthodontist applies a brace to the teeth and over time makes regular adjustments and corrections to realign teeth, so that in time they will maintain their correct position. A chiropractor will adjust and correct the animal a number of times if necessary, until the neurology changes and the body holds the new position of the spine as normal,  with the muscles and ligaments supporting and maintaining this position.

 

 
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equine Veterinary Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture involves inserting small, sterile needles into very specific points on your horse. It is recognized by the NHS for treatment of many human conditions and works in exactly the same way in animals.

Acupuncture can greatly contribute to a rehabilitation protocol in many ways including:

·      providing pain relief

·      reducing swelling

·      improving tissue healing and muscle strength

·      stimulating the immune system

 

In addition to acupuncture treatment, it is important that the primary and underlying condition be addressed with traditional veterinary methods and/or chiropractic care as necessary.

Dr. Angela Holland has studied both Western and Eastern acupuncture and she combines her knowledge of the two to ensure the best results. She is 1 of only 7 Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom at the present time to be awarded a Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

Western medical acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles to affect the nervous system and associated fascia. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain, which compliments the chiropractic care.

Eastern traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of this technique of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body's equilibrium.

scroll down/click here for examples of uses for acupuncture

 
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Examples of uses for acupuncture in horses:

 
  • Pain - acute and chronic, especially of the neck, shoulders, back and hind limbs

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Sacro-iliac pain

  • Post-operative pain

  • Performance issues

  • Animals requiring pain relief but cannot have traditional medicines due to competition regulations

  • Vaccine reactions

  • Some types of colics and diarrhoea

  • Respiratory problems including copd

  • Poor immune system

  • Post viral lethargy

 
 

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Treatments

Dr Angela holland uses a variety of techniques including  Dry needling, Moxibustion, Aqua needling and Electroacupuncture.

following full ASSESSMENT Each horse will have their own tailored acupuncture treatment protocol so this varies from case to case. Several treatments, at varying intervals, are usually required but this does depend on the condition etc.

Sometimes ACUPUNCTURE will be recommended alongside other treatments such as chiropractic. 

Horses that dislike hypodermic needles (vaccination needles etc) often do not mind acupuncture needles as they are completely different and much smaller; even sometimes becoming extremely relaxed following treatment.  If you are concerned, please feel free to discuss this with us. 

 

Please note :

The treatment of animals with acupuncture is an act of veterinary surgery and can therefore only be performed by a qualified veterinary surgeon.

 

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CONTACT US

 

Horses can be seen at your yard or at the superb equine facility Whitegate Farm, LL12 9RW, which enjoys an indoor and outdoor arena, wash box, stabling and a large parking area. There will be a travel cost associated with a visit on a yard over 15 miles from CH4 0EU.

Treatment price varies depending upon your horses tailored treatment regime. Please contact us for further information.

Please note payment is at the time of appointment by cash.

No credit is given and cheques are NOT accepted.

 
 
 

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Frequently asked questions

 

1) How long with the treatment take?

Treatment varies depending on the use of chiropractic, acupuncture or a combination treatment with other modalities such as taping, heat/cold therapy, etc.; on average, treatments will last about 1 hour. 

 

2)    When can I ride my horse after treatment?

Following treatment, your horse will need to have 24-48 hours off work, ideally out in a paddock. Depending upon the problem, your horse may become more sore for a short period of time, but this will be discussed with you.

Please note some cases may need a longer period of rest for rehabilitation.

 

3)    I have a competition coming up, can I still go?

As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable that if this is your horses FIRST treatment it is not carried out within two weeks of a competition. However, once we know how your horse responds to treatment, chiropractic has been shown to enhance performance in horses. Acupuncture can be used for pain relief so may be an option for horses with minor problems that compete under regulations not allowing anti-inflammatories, such as phenylbutazone.  It also depends on the findings of the consultation.

 

4)    My horse doesn’t like needles, will it be able to have acupuncture?

Acupuncture needles are a much smaller size and therefore do not hurt like hypodermic needles may when used for traditional veterinary injections, so most horses do not mind them at all.  Some horses even become extremely relaxed.

If absolutely necessary, your horse can be sedated for treatment, but due to the nature of the treatment it may not work as well as the nervous system is dulled with sedation.

 

5)    Is my horse too old or too young for treatment?

The answer to both questions is no. Older horses get huge benefits from acupuncture and chiropractic care keeping their joints supple and reducing the amount of pain relief that they have to take and therefore minimizing any side effects that those drugs may have.

With regards to foals, they can be adjusted from the day they are born and it is recommended that they are, to give them the best start in life.

 

6) Do ponies benefit from chiropractic care?

Yes your ponies spine works in exactly the same way as a shire horses, therefore is susceptible to vertebral subluxation complexes. Routine chiropractic care is advised every 6-12 months depending on what your pony does.

 

7)    Does the Equine Veterinary Wellness Clinic provide other routine veterinary care?

No. Although the Equine Veterinary Wellness Clinic employs Veterinary Surgeons they do NOT replace your primary care Veterinary Surgeon and will only care for your animal in respect of chiropractic, acupuncture and rehabilitation treatment. Should you require your animal to be attended for anything else you will need to contact your primary Veterinary Surgeon including for all emergency out of hours care.

 

8) What area does the Equine Veterinary Wellness Clinic cover?

Although predominantly the North West of England and Wales. Dr Holland will travel anywhere for treatment. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

You can also bring your horses to Whitegate Farm &Livery Training Centre just outside Chester which has superb facilities for assessing your horse.

There are discounts available for yards where 6 or more horses are seen. If you are interested in a yard visit please do not hesitate to contact us. 07458 919 414

 

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