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Veterinary Medical Manipulation

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What is Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation?

Medical manipulation uses motion palpation to find joint restrictions and then uses high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust directed in the plane of the joint to help restore normal range of motion. Medical manipulation restores freedom of movement, relaxes the muscles and relieves the pain of a restricted joint. ~As described by IVMI website


Fig. A - Muscle tension lines, neck and shoulder muscle atrophy prior to first treatment.

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Is EVMM the same as Chiropractic?

Chiropractic, as defined by law, applies specifically to and only to humans. A chiropractor is someone who has completed human chiropractic training. When similar techniques are applied to animals, it is correctly called spinal manipulation or medical manipulation

~As described by IVMI website


Fig. B - After one treatment, there are no tension lines and there is great improvement of neck muscle mass. 

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Who can benefit from evmm?

Restoring range of motion by EVMM can help maintain soundness and improve performance. From athletes to pasture pals, all ages and stages can benefit from EVMM.


Fig. C - Note muscle tension lines and muscle atrophy along neck and shoulder.

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Signs it is time for an adjustment

  • Trouble changing or maintaining leads
  • Shortened stride
  • Difficulty bending
  • Stiff behind
  • Poor topline
  • Back soreness

These are some problems you might notice in a horse that would benefit from an adjustment . Improving range of motion and alignment can make a huge difference in comfort level and performance.


Fig. D - Marked muscle development through neck and shoulder. Tension lines resolved.