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Veterinary Chiropractic

Veterinary Chiropractic Treatment

Veterinary chiropractic treatment can be used in the treatment of health and perfromace related issues. It is the science and physical therapy used in restoring and maintaining properly functioning biomechanical systems, without the use of drugs or surgery.

In particular, Veterinary Chiropractic focuses on the musculoskeletal systems and their effects on the nervous system throughout the body.

Veterinary Chiropractic treatment does not replace veterinary medicine. It can, however, provide additional treatment options for spinal problems and biomechanical disorders. Emma works both independantly and collaboratively with veterinary surgeons to achive the best for your animal.

As with working with people, it is a team effort with an animal. Emma is keen to work with Vets, Farriers and trainers as required.

THE BENEFITS - veterinary chiropractic treatment can help:

  • Optimise performance in sports animals
  • Increase mobility by limiting tension or stiffness
  • Maintaining soundness and assist recovery
  • Relieve chronic musculoskeletal problems
  • Act as a complementary treatment for lameness in certain cases

Note: Clients must get concent from their Vet prior to any Chiropractic treament.

What to expect

Initial consultation

  • Explanation of chiropractic techniques
  • Case history
  • Discussion of treatment
  • Consent to examination & treatment
  • Physical examination
  • Neurological testing
  • Treatment if necessary. In certain situations Emma will refer without treatment
  • Working closely with Vet, Farriers, Trainers

Follow up treatment(s)

  • Each visit Emma will evaluate the progression and response to the previous treatment
  • Further assessment and treatment

Emma Phillips Equine Chiropractor

Emma Phillips Equine Chiropractor

Emma Phillips Equine Chiropractor

Emma Phillips Equine Chiropractor

Equine Assessment

Assess the standing horse

  • Visual blemishes / general condition
  • Temperature of skin
  • Coat condition
  • Static & motion palpation (assessment by feel).

Gait analysis

  • Observe horse walk and trot in a straight line
  • Lateral movement and tight turn
  • Stepping back
  • Lunged if required
  • Ridden if required


  • Holistic
  • Majority of work is motion palpation of individual joints assessing the finality and function.
  • Where a joint feels restricted or fixed Emma will adjust and mobilise to release.
  • Much of the treatment involves reassessing and mobilising to confirm the adjustments are effective.

Post treatment

  • Depending on the horse and what treatment it has received
  • The horse may need to have some days off work / riding
  • Treatment can be tailored to competition horses and what their schedule might be
  • Pre and post event treatments are very effective.

Signs of Discomfort

  • Sudden out of character behaviour
  • Tail swishing
  • Unhappy girthing
  • Disunited
  • Not tracking up
  • Snatching contact
  • Muscle wastage
  • “Cold Backed”
  • Bucking
  • Refusing to go forward
  • Abnormal sweat patches
  • Dull coat
  • and so on!

Reasons for Treatment

The equine athlete - keeping your horse on the road

  • Prevent compensatory injuries
  • Gain optimal performance
  • Maintain healthy joints

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