As an animal chiropractor/bodyworker I use both Chiropractic/spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization techniques to help horses and dogs with pain and performance issues. Dr. Haussler has helped greatly by completing this study.
Researchers Examine Spinal Manipulation vs. Mobilization (AAEP 2010)
Equine back pain can often cause a horse to move with a stiff trunk, asymmetrical spinal motion, and lameness. Horse owners often turn to chiropractic care as a technique to improve their horses’ performance and comfort. At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD, of Colorado State University’s veterinary school discussed a study in which he and colleagues measured the effects of two different types of chiropractic techniques: spinal manipulation as compared to spinal mobilization.
The results of the study demonstrated that manipulation and mobilization both increased spinal mobility. According to Haussler, SMT causes the spine to move beyond its normal limit in range of motion, while mobilization usually is only effective within the normal range of joint motion. While mobilization produced consistent delayed increases in spinal mobility or flexibility between treatment sessions, SMT achieved immediate therapeutic effects. Such SMT displacement effects lasted between treatment sessions, whereas mobilization effects did not.