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What is veterinary chiropractic? Chiropractic care is a manual therapy that focuses on the biomechanical and/or neurological dysfunction of the spine and extremities. The dysfunction affects the nervous system including balance, proprioception, muscle and nerve function. A chiropractic adjustment is defined as a specific, high velocity, low amplitude controlled thrust which helps return normal joint motion. This therapy helps the body heal innately. Since motion is 90% of the input into the nervous system, joint motion is critical to body mechanics and organ function.
The Nervous System. The spinal column is a complex network of vertebra, ligaments, muscles and nerves. This column supports and protects the spinal cord and nerves. Nerves exit the spinal cord at the location of the movable joints between the vertebra. The motion of the joints helps with the function and integrity of the nerve. When a subluxation or vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) occurs, nerve function is diminished at one or more joints. Some people say that the bones of the joint are “stuck” or refer to the term “pinched”.
What causes a Vetebral subluxation complex (VSC)?
1. Trauma: slips, falls, cast in a stall
2. Conformational Traits: long back-short legs
3. Birth: trauma during delivery or pregnancy
4. Confinement: constant confinement decreasing balance and coordination
5. Performance injuries, equipment, age, shoeing, trailer rides, rider ability
Who can benefit from chiropractic care? Musculoskeletal issues, tense or stiff patients, prophylactic to maintain fitness and soundness, enhance performance in sport horses, complementary treatment for chronic lameness. Chiropractic care requires that the patient be examined prior to the adjustment. This examination can include posture and gait analysis, spinal and extremity static palpation, spinal and extremity motion palpation, and orthopedic evaluation.
Animal chiropractic treatment can be complimented by traditional methods of veterinary medicine for optimum therapy.
Certification. Certified Animal Chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic and/or Veterinary Medicine who have taken 220 hours of a postgraduate program in animal chiropractic accredited by either the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association or the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
I just want to take this time to say THANK YOU for finally giving me some answers regarding Denver's lameness.
Since March/April 2015 until now (December 2015), we have been getting mixed diagnosis as to why he would be off, but you came and gave us hope. More importantly, I want to THANK YOU for your patience and amazing 'bedside' manner. Not only did you provide me with solid information and demonstration of compression, and how his conformation defect was affecting his way of going, but you were meticulous in your explanation of the benefits of acupuncture for Denver. You explained everything in such a way, that I would be able to not only understand but remember, and then be able to explain it to all those at our barn who were genuinely concerned about how he's doing or how the Vet visit went. You made me feel very much at ease, like my opinion as his owner mattered, as you would say, "That's good information. Thank You for that" Now, that's a first; the VET Thanking me!! Never once did you make it seem like my questions were irrelevant. You gave us your undivided attention as if we were your only clients that day, and I know we were not because Jessica reminded/alerted you of the time, but you never flinched, never took your eyes off of me as you were explaining everything you did with Denver, and never once appeared rushed. The whole experience of your visit left me committing to making you our Vet of choice. Denver means a lot to me, and the way you treated him, made me think he was more than just a client/horse to you. I can't THANK YOU enough Dr. Sobota!
Ps. By the way, Jessica is an Awesome assistant, and Danielle is Grrr8!!
Dr. Justin and his staff have been our vets for several years now. He has done everything from pre-purchase exams and lameness evaluations to dentals. Each and every time, he and his staff are timely, knowledgeable, and considerate. Their passion for the horses as well as consideration of the owners and barn management is unmatched.
Finally, after looking for years, we found a farm vet with the sophistication and feel for lameness of the vets at the big national-caiber ship-in clinics and equine hospitals. Dr. Justin (Sobota) has great instincts and is well versed in the cutting-edge aspects of equine veterinary medicine, as well as a host of alternative therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. He asks important questions of and listens well to those who know the horse best, always offers a range of therapeutic options, and thoroughly explains his expectations for treatment results. Perhaps most refreshing, however, is how friendly, helpful and accommodating Dr. Justin and his staff are. We feel lucky to have Dr. Justin as an important part of the Finer Points Farm family.
Dr. Justin Sobota, and his team at South Mountain Equine, are highly skilled, professional, courteous, and helpful. Dr. Sobota has managed our mare in several very difficult clinical situations where diagnosis and treatment were not immediately obvious. He worked diligently to find the source of the problem, spending whatever time necessary with the horse and listening patiently to her owners, until the diagnosis was clear and treatment in place. This is the first practice I’ve dealt with that followed up until the problem was resolved. The follow up extends to routine visits, such as vaccines, as well. South Mountain and Dr. Sobota are always quick to respond to emergency or routine concerns. This level of skill and caring provides a level of support for an owner that results in peace of mind.
Dr. Justin Sobota and South Mountain Equine offer horse owners peace of mind. They are easily accessible to reach for concerns and always willing to talk with owners. Dr. Sobota and his staff are knowledgeable and caring, including their efforts when it comes to follow-up care. After a recent surgical procedure, Dr. Sobota checked in everyday for the first week and still checks in weekly. I would recommend South Mountain Equine to any horse owner.