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Miller & Associates veterinarians employ complementary therapies in concert with conventional/routine care.

Complementary Medicine

In an effort to insure your horse has the best care available, Miller & Associates veterinarians employ complementary therapies in concert with conventional/routine care.

While there are a myriad of modalities that fall within this broad term, the two most utilized complementary therapies are veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic. We use the term “Complementary Medicine” because we employ these therapies in addition to traditional treatment options to optimize your horse’s health and well being.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the most popular and successful complementary therapies available in equine practices today. The history of acupuncture dates back to ancient China, when it was used to treat humans and animals for a variety of ailments through the stimulation of specific energy conduits, called meridians or channels.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of a needle through the skin at these predetermined sites (acupuncture points) for the treatment or prevention of disease.

There’s been a great increase in interest in veterinary acupuncture in the equine industry recently, both by the public and the veterinary medical community. With this added awareness, there’s been an increase in research and thus a better understanding of the physiologic basis and practical applications of acupuncture.

One of the main applications in equine practice is related to the treatment and diagnosis of lameness. Acupuncture has also been used to successfully treat a variety of musculoskeletal issues and general diseases, such as arthritis, navicular, laminitis, nerve pain, cribbing, equine gastric ulcer syndrome and nervousness, just to name a few.

Miller & Associates veterinarians employ complementary therapies in concert with conventional/routine care.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic care focuses on the health and proper function of the spinal column, with additional attention provided to the pelvis, limbs and head.

Chiropractic adjustments employ controlled forces applied to specific joints or anatomic regions. These forces result in a therapeutic response due to induced changes in joint structures, muscle function and neurological reflexes.

Using chiropractic adjustments on horses has proven to aid in treating lameness, gait abnormalities and muscle imbalances while also improving the horse’s general demeanor or attitude through alleviating the pain associated with these issues.

Horses can have what chiropractors call “subluxation” of the spine- when the spine loses its normal functionality- through injury, stressful situations, conformational abnormalities or improper tack and equipment, to name a few. Such problems may also carry over to other areas of the horse’s body, resulting in compensation issues as well.

Chiropractic adjustments return the horse to his balanced state, therefore allowing him more freedom of movement, less pain, higher functioning and improved performance.