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A Review of Lesser Known Bodywork Therapies

Once widely thought of as bunk, many so-called alternative or complementary touch therapy methods such as chiropractic, acupressure and massage are now quite commonplace in Canadian stables and are increasingly included in veterinary treatment or rehabilitation plans. These holistic modalities focus not on specific symptoms or conditions, but explore how body and mind function together on the whole. “The goal of all manual therapies is to influence reparative or healing processes within the neuromusculoskeletal system, which often includes pain relief,” said Dr. Kevin Haussler, Colorado State University Faculty of Orthopaedic Research Centre professor and chiropractic specialist, in the 2010 paper, The Role of Manual Therapies in Equine Pain Management. Many relatively unfamiliar touch therapies are also gaining acceptance in the equine and veterinary communities. Horse Canada explores just a handful of these treatments and finds out from practitioners just how they might help your horse. Note: Absolutely no therapy, no…

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