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Treating Equine Back Pain with Modern Holistic Modalities

Help your horse feel better with complementary, holistic treatments for back pain, including massage, chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture and more.

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By: Susan Kauffmann |

Once thought of by many as being “a bit out there,” some holistic modalities are now recognized as valuable adjuncts to conventional back pain treatments, even among veterinarians. Three of the most popular – massage therapy, chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture – are widely believed to be able to help many horses get relief from back problems, and they may thus be worth considering if your horse is dealing with such issues. EQUINE BODYWORK/MASSAGE THERAPY When we think of massage, most of us probably envision a general process of rubbing and kneading designed to loosen up tight muscles. Modern equine massage therapists, however, often apply a number of different techniques when it comes to treating back pain in horses, and some will, therefore, refer to what they do as "bodywork," which is a more comprehensive term than “massage.” As Lexi Jones, a bodyworker with Fluidity Equine Therapy in Abbotsford, B.C., explained,…

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