Veterinarian Adds Chiropractic to His Medical Kit
The above headline appeared
in the May 8th 2006 issue of the agricultural publication, the Capital
Press. The ensuing article by Jodi Kerr, starts off by saying, "Humans have
been counting on chiropractors to relieve pain and stress for years, but our
four-legged friends are seeing the benefits as well."
The article chronicles a veterinarian, Dr. Donald Howard, who
traditional veterinary medicine for 30 years, turned his practice toward
chiropractic. Dr. Howard decided to take extensive training to be
certified from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and
the American Veterinary Chiropractor Association (AVCA).
Howard noted his reasons, "I have been benefiting from chiropractic work on
myself for years. It just made sense: I am feeling so much better from
treatments, why wouldn’t my four-legged patients?” The story notes
that as with many chiropractors who care for animals, performance horses are
the main recipients.
“Most of my patients are
performance horses. When people need their horse to compete at their best,
they begin to think of alternative ways to get results.” Dr. Howard
then continued, “All horses can benefit, and it’s important for recreation
horses that get ridden a lot. The better a horse feels, the better horse you
Even a medical doctor, Dr.
Holly Jo Hodges, a jackpot barrel racer, explained the benefits she had seen
on her horses. “My open barrel horse has been having terrible problems,”
Dr. Hodges said. “At the top of his buttocks he was completely out of
alignment, you could push on his joints and bring him to the ground.”
She continued, "My backup horse had been on-and-off-again lame for years.
Since the chiropractic work, he has been the soundest horse ever. I had the
best season and had a horse I could count on.”
In the article, Dr. Howard
explained how this helps by stating that chiropractic adjustments are a
natural way to let the horse’s body heal itself. He noted, “This type
of treatment concentrates on proper nerve conduction through and from the
brain to the spinal cord. Subluxation interferes with proper supply of nerve