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Chiropractic

Willow Creek Equine is happy to offer chiropractic adjustments with Dr. Maggie Loomer!

Dr. Loomer attended Options for Animals Chiropractic School for Animals in 2014 and is certified through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Since then she has continued to travel back to Options to Animals multiple times a year to teach other veterinarians and chiropractors the art of animal chiropractic. Dr. Loomer has seen how chiropractic can help address subtle lamenesses and the overall health of the animal and greatly enjoys the positive impact complementary medicine has on her patients. 

How do you know if your horse may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment?

  • In training or competition
    • When we ask an animal to perform new movements, repetitive movements, or at their peak performance, they need to be able to move their bodies freely. Vertebral subluxation complexes cause decreased movement in a joint or joints which will prevent your athlete from performing at its best. By restoring motion in the joints and removing these vertebral subluxation complexes, your horse can then perform at its best without restrictions.
  • Subtle lamenesses, difficulty picking up a lead or changing leads, or failure/reluctance to get into a frame
    • If the horse is unable to flex and extend its spine and limbs, they will have difficulty moving properly. This can be seen as a subtle or inconsistent lameness, difficulty at the canter or lope, inability to track hind end up under themselves, or problems holding a frame. Chiropractic adjustments remove restrictions in the movement of the joints of the body and help your horse to move freely.
  • Overall health and well-being
    • Information from the brain to the body and vice versa runs through thin nerves that exit the spinal cord between each vertebra. These nerves run right beside the joints of the spine. If there is a vertebral subluxation complex, the body reacts with inflammation (swelling) and muscle tightness. This response compresses the nerve and slows information flow from the brain to the body including the muscles and organs. Chiropractic adjustments help the overall health of the animal by restoring motion in the spine and thus restoring the flow of information back and forth from the brain to the body. This, in turn, allows your horse’s immune system and organs to perform at their highest level.