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What is Veterinary Medical Manipulation?

Medical Manipulation uses motion, palpation, and comprehensive physical exam to find and correct movement restrictions within joints. Through specific movements within the plane of a joint, medical manipulation helps to restore the normal range of motion, relax muscles, and relieve pain caused by a restricted joint. These manipulations require sufficient training to ensure the safety of the patient and practitioner by encouraging cooperation during adjustments.

Are medical manipulation and chiropractic the same?

Veterinarians may refer to themselves as Chiropractors simply because clients are more familiar with the term, but this term does not include medical manipulation of animals. As defined by law, chiropractic work refers to joint manipulation performed on humans. A chiropractor is someone who has completed human chiropractic training and has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC). When applied to animals, similar techniques are correctly referred to as Spinal Manipulation or Medical Manipulation (Explanation provided by Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute).

When can Medical Manipulation Help?

Manipulation can help with a variety of conditions and performance problems, such as:

  • Difficulty in bending or maintaining bend

  • Trouble performing lead changes or keeping a single lead

  • Establishing a connection between front end and hind end

  • Shortness of stride

  • Back Pain

  • Lack of symmetry during movement

Medical manipulation can also prevent injury by keeping horses in alignment and balance through regular visits.


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