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)