Combination Chiropractic/ Sports Massage/ Cold Laser Sessions

We combine the specialties of both chiropractic and sports massage therapies to achieve a complete musculoskeletal reset for your animal working together in a single session. Balance is the key and we address the entire musculoskeletal system: chiropractic alignment and removing tension from muscles and making sure they are correctly positioned to support the vertebrae so they do not pull it back out of alignment. This is our most comprehensive session available for your pet or performance animal and unlike any other provided!

This is our most popular service for good reason! Designed to work on the body as a whole with two specialists working together with your animal to make long-lasting and truly effective results. A complete full body session unlike any other.

Service includes:

  • Full body massage to release tension, fascia and remove knots and adhesions throughout muscle and fascia.
  • Stretching.
  • Chiropractic adjustment.
  • Cold laser therapy.
  • Targeted aromatherapy as needed on inflammation or for calming.
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How, you may ask?

The session starts with a thermal imaging scan to determine areas of increased inflammation and possible discomfort. Then, Heather will provide a whole body massage session (equine or canine) using sports massage and acupressure techniques to target and relieve pain, reduce knots, and relax the muscles and surrounding fascia. In doing so, the animal has moved into the Rest-Digest parasympathetic nervous system. Once relaxed your animal may receive passive stretching to achieve more flexibility and range of motion.

Sports massage and acupressure find and target areas of tension and inflammation that resonate throughout the whole body.
Stretching is an important part of improving mobility.

Throughout the bodywork session, Heather and Dr. Madi communicate specific areas of need and misalignment. Now that the animal is nicely relaxed and the muscles loosened, the chiropractic session begins.

Rather than forcing the vertebrae back into position, Dr. Madi uses a gentle yet effective technique called Bio-Geometric Integration (BGI) to release the fascia surrounding the bone and allow it to work back into place. *Because the animal is also receiving massage this fascia and muscle are much more malleable. We don’t have to force anything into place with cracking and popping!

Our goal is to unlock the interference throughout the muscles, ligaments, fascia, and bone in the body and allow the horse to achieve their balance through natural movement. The muscles in proper position support the skeletal system in the proper position. We do this as a team checking in with each other, verifying and discussing our findings.

The session is then followed by a cold laser session in the hot spots to allow further non-invasive yet effective healing.

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Pre-Treatment

Please complete the New Client Form prior to your first appointment. Please make sure your horse is in the stall and relatively clean for the session. We encourage owners to be in attendance to ask questions or see the transformation for yourself.

Once you are an established client it is not necessary to be present for the appointment. A quiet stall is best for treatment to aid in relaxation and healing. Please do not book your treatment during feeding times to prevent distraction.

We are happy to send you a photo and notes from the session if you are unable to attend.

Post-Treatment

After your horse’s session your animal may need to go to the bathroom more frequently. This is normal and allows the body to continue to release toxins naturally. Please provide ample water. A short walk after the session will be beneficial to stretch their legs and allow for further release. Natural movement in the paddock is encouraged as is light riding, long and low to encourage stretch and proper biomechanics.

Contact us today for an evaluation on your animal whether for performance, rehabilitation, or prevention. We are here to help.

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Frequency

We often get asked how often our services are needed. Our recommendations are on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of the animal. For new horses, we often find significant tension and compression throughout. Thus, we usually request three sessions two-weeks apart initially. After we have gently removed interference and created new body patterning, we focus on maintenance and prevention. Regularly sessions for maintenance vary as needed every 4, 6, or 8 weeks.

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