eq vsmtHolistic Care

Holistic medicine concentrates on preventing or correcting the cause of disease, not just covering up the symptoms. The goal is to use natural treatments that help to restore the body to a state of balance and harmony. Holistic medicine is also commonly referred to as “complementary“, or “alternative“, or “integrative” medicine.

Holistic medicine means taking in the whole picture of the patient: the general state of health, environmental influences, nutrition, genetics, mental and emotional factors and disease patterns. A treatment protocol is then developed using the appropriate therapies for helping to heal the patient.

What is Veterinary Spinal Manipulation (Animal Chiropractic)?

eqchiro1.jpgEquine chiropractic care is a holistic approach to many health and performance issues of the horse. The goal is to eliminate the cause of a problem rather than only treat the symptoms.

Animal chiropractic care focuses on the proper function and health of the spinal column. The spinal column is a very complex structure consisting of bones, nerves, muscles and ligaments.

What is a Subluxation?

It is a chiropractic term used to describe a bone that is “stuck” or unable to move properly in its full range of motion. When a subluxation occurs, it affects the flexibility and movement of the spine and can interfere with nerve transmission signals to other parts of the body.

Subluxations generally cause pain and stiffness and lack of flexibility. Internal organ function can also be affected (nerves control the function of all tissues of the body).

What causes Subluxations?

There are many different reasons that a horse can have subluxations. A combination of several small incidents often add up to create an ongoing problem.

Possible causes of subluxations:

  1. Macro-Trauma: slips and falls, missteps, getting cast in the stall, etc.
  2. Micro-Trauma: repetitive movements such as sliding stops, jumping, isometric dressage moves.
  3. Lifestyle: Stall confinement, trailer rides, etc.
  4. Rider Ability: The horse may need to compensate for an unbalanced rider.
  5. Equipment: poorly fitting tack, esp. improperly fitting saddles.
  6. Shoeing: Improper foot care or poor shoeing.
  7. Conformation: Individual traits such as long-backed.
  8. Age/Gravity/Condition: The body accumulates many small stresses and compensations. Gravity is a constant force pulling on the body. Horses that are overweight/out of condition are more likely to develop problems.

How do I know if my horse needs Spinal Manipulation?

All animals deserve the benefit of a chiropractic examination to assess the health of the spinal column. The following is list of common symptoms indicating a problem. If a horse is exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms, it does not guarantee that it is a chiropractic problem – have a complete examination and work-up done!

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points of the body in order to create a desired healing effect. Acupuncture has been one of the primary methods of medicine used on people and animals in China and other parts of the world for over 3,000 years.

The method of acupuncture will vary depending on the patient, points used and the desired effect. Chinese acupuncture needles are very thin needles. Other modalities include moxibustion, aqua puncture (injecting a solution into a point), gold bead implants, electro-acupuncture and lasers.

eqbicomWhat is Bioresonance (BICOM) Therapy?

It is a non-invasive, painless therapy for hundreds of chronic diseases in animals. Information is gathered from an animal’s electromagnetic frequencies through a computer called the “BICOM”. This therapy has been researched in Germany for over 30 years and is used in over 65 countries around the world on both humans and animals.

What is Bicom Therapy?

Bicom stands for BIologic COMmunication. The Bicom machine is a computer that identifies internal static (electromagnetic oscillations) via electrodes on the body, inverts the frequencies and returns the oscillations to the patient as a therapeutic signal. Bicom can also amplify healthy electromagnetic information from organs/tissues and strengthen normal physiological functions.

Improvements at the biophysical energy level are followed by an improvement in the biochemical process and physical structure. Improvement reactions can occur immediately as well as slowly over time.

What Conditions is Bicom Therapy Used For?

Nearly every illness is connected with disharmonious energy oscillations. This is why Bioresonance therapy can be used advantageously in almost every illness and there are practically no contra-indications.

Is Bicom Therapy safe?

Bicom is a gentle, natural therapy. The Bicom does not generate any electromagnetic frequencies, only changes those received by the body. It does not interfere with any other form of treatment or medication.

What is the treatment protocol?

Since we are working on a subtle energy level, your horse may experience positive results from just one treatment, but most often it takes several treatments to unravel the layers and address medical problems.

Therapy Laser

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy involves passing a laser beam across your horse’s skin directly above the area to be treated. To your pet it feels like some warmth is being dispensed to the exact spot where the tissue needs help. The beam of laser light is passed over the area for usually for 3 to 8 minutes.Your horse does not experience any pain or discomfort.

What is Involved?

Laser therapy involves passing a laser beam across your pet’s skin directly above the area to be treated. To your pet it feels like some warmth is being dispensed to the exact spot where the tissue needs help. The beam of Laser light is passed over the area for usually for 3 to 8 minutes. Your pet does not experience any pain or discomfort.

What Effects Does Laser Therapy Produce?

Laser therapy is credited with many important and beneficial effects including pain relief, accelerated healing of injuries, increased circulation, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, reduced scarring, increased patient comfort and range of motion.

How Many Sessions are Required?

Treatments are cumulative in nature. For best results, several treatments are generally needed. For chronic conditions, expect 6-10 treatments.

Does Laser Therapy Cause Side Effects?

Side effects are not generally provoked by the proper use of a therapy laser unit.

Strength of our Therapy Laser

We are using a Class IV therapeutic laser which has the capability of penetrating much deeper into tissues than class I-III units. This allows for more versatile applications, more power, better efficiency and improved results.

We are excited to bring this leading edge technology to our patients. Not only is it non-invasive and non-painful, but it affords other choices for managing chronic conditions and for rehabilitation of acute problems.

For more information visit the Laser Therapy website

What People
Have Said

"Dr. Barr has helped us through losing pets, helping our pets and just has SUCH a rapport with animals - he is in exactly the right profession. He cares, it is as simple as that - and he talks to people, not at them and he is not afraid to get down on the floor with an animal if that's what it takes; unfortunately that is not the case with most veterinarians.  So he is truly one of a kind - the kind of veterinarian that is a very rare breed and that means the world to us."
- Lynn & Marvin H., Green Bay