Dr. DePaolo has developed a very comprehensive approach to his veterinary chiropractic treatments.  The horse will NOT be tranquilized or restrained and all adjustments are performed by hand.  NO mallets, implements, devices or standing platforms are used. 

Dr. DePaolo’s Veterinary Chiropractic Treatment:

  • Step 1: Examination from head to tail to assess the need for chiropractic treatment.
  • Step 2: Necessary chiropractic treatment is performed.
  • Step 3: Acupuncture evaluation and therapy

Getting the best from your Chiropractic treatment:

First, know what good chiropractic is!  Since chiropractors are working with the musculoskeletal system, it can be extremely dangerous to use someone with minimal training. The practitioner should be a veterinarian or human chiropractor who has studied equine chiropractic.  A thorough examination should be performed to assess the need for chiropractic care.  At that time, it should be determined if other veterinary services would be more beneficial — such as a neurologic exam, dentistry, radiography or lameness evaluation.

Equine Veterinary Chiropractic Philosophy:

For over 100 years, chiropractic care has been used to treat vertebral subluxations (misalignment of the spine) in both humans and animals. Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints and even distant organs, glands, and body functions. Horses go out of alignment regularly due to riding, training, hauling, falling, breeding, inflammation, as well as many other reasons. Equine veterinary chiropractic care promotes proper function of the musculoskeletal system which allows the rest of the body, particularly the nervous system, to function properly.

Since the nerves that exit the spinal cord contain the nerve supply to the internal organs, freeing up the joints with chiropractic adjustments makes these nerves healthier. When this happens, the body is able to heal itself, fight disease and maintain optimal health. The goal of each treatment is to restore normal mobility to the joint, thereby stimulating proper neurological reflexes and reducing pain and muscle spasm.