Chiropractic for Animals

Neil completed a graduate diploma in Animal Chiropractic in August 2013. He is now a certified member of the International Veterinary Chiropractors Association. Not many practitioners in Australia have this qualification as the training involves a long residential course in either the USA or Europe. During his training he treated many horses, donkeys, dogs and cats and learnt the skills required to treat all animals and birds.
Just like humans, animals suffer from spinal and joint pain. Although they cannot tell us where it hurts, when they are treated it is very common for instant relief to be felt, demonstration by an appreciative wag of the tail or kiss. An animal always says thank-you! Horse Please spread the word that Mona Vale Chiropractic Centre treats those with 4 legs as well as 2 legs!

Why do Horses suffer from back pain?

Horses are a unique animal. They are very large and can weigh 400kgs or more. Horses are also able to stand all day and night . Their incredible anatomy has a mechanism called the “Stay Apparatus” which allows the horse to switch on its’ Triceps muscle in the forelimbs and stabilise itself permitting it to sleep while standing with minimal muscular Activity. In fact horses can have remarkably little muscular tension.

Horses however do suffer with back problems and this can lead to lameness and gait difficulties . A phrase often used is “Cold Backed” . As we can all imagine for a horse with a sore back having a saddle and a rider on it’s back can be particularly uncomfortable. Chiropractic can help.

Animal Chiropractors are trained to assess animals for spinal lesions and joint and muscle lesions and injuries. Chiropractors can adjust the horses joints and vertebrae, plus release muscle tightness and strains. The result can be very dramatic as when a horse is treated you can often see the improvement immediately. This can give the horse a huge relief, particularly if he has to carry a saddle and rider . Horses are always quick to Thank-you for their adjustment with a grateful lick and shake.

Why not give the gift of an animal? Any animal lover will appreciate how animals can be a huge asset to a family. TEAR Australia has a Useful Gift Catalogue where you can purchase items that will make a difference to a poor family and community. These gifts can be purchased at any time during the year. $50 will pay for a goat which in a farming community is a small business with horns. Find out more at

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Neil helped out at the American Regional Dog Agility Trials in Kansas City, USA in early September with good friend and fellow Animal Chiropractor, Sandy Battista who is practicing Chiropractic in Canada