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Chiropractic Services

Body Work


Sessions usually last 60 minutes or more.

Full Body Work Session

The full body work session uses a variety of techniques depending on what Dr. Joe thinks your horse will benefit from the most.

Since each horse is a unique individual, your horse’s body work session might be different than someone else’s. Differences between sessions may also occur depending on the needs of the horse at the time. Some of these techniques or services that may occur in your horse’s body work session are:

  • Tool Assisted Myofasial Release (TAMR)
  • Focal point laser therapy
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Stretching techniques
  • Counseling on exercises for crooked horse syndrome
  • Application of essential oils
  • Pre-purchase physical exam

Location & Travel Details

Dr. Joe’s service area is Central OR, the Willamette Valley, Vancouver, WA, and SW WA. Anything North of La Center, WA or South of Eugene, OR is outside of his usual service area. Travel outside of the indicated locations, or travel to other states/countries may require additional travel fees and/or a minimum number of horses. Contact Dr. Joe for details.
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The question on everyone’s mind…

Why Body Work Is Important

Muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, nerves, blood vessels, & Bones.  So many moving parts that all have specific jobs to do and places to be.  They all need to be able to slip and slide across each other effortlessly to work properly.  When everything is working right it is truly a thing of beauty.  Poetry of Motion.

But what happens when that poetry is lost?   The short stride, cross firing, the clumsy walk, the lack of flexibility?  The unidentifiable lameness. What is it when the movement looks labored or even painful at times?

We ask a lot of our horses and sometimes things happen inside their bodies that cause difficulties with movement.  These issues can come on slowly or happen overnight.

The inflammatory response of the body is to protect itself. When an insult to the body occurs, inflammation follows.  (An insult can be anything from a minor abrasion to catastrophic event.  Eating carbohydrates causes inflammation.  Inflammation may be caused by physical or physiological events.)  Inflammation releases compounds that wall off the damaged area. This is to add support or protection for the healing process to occur.    This is usually a good thing.  But, sometimes the body will overcompensate and lay down more fibrosis than necessary, or the body cannot get rid of the adhesions when the healing process is complete.  This leaves a residual stickiness that can gum up the works.   The slip and slide necessary for tissues to rub across each other now creates friction that can lead to more inflammation.  And the circle grows bigger.  With this fibrosis or stickiness occurring gumming up the area a decrease in lubrication causes the tissues to harden due to a lack of hydration which leads to a loss of elasticity.  Nerves & blood vessels pass through these tissues that have become fibrotic and now are put under increased stress due to the adhesions present.  As a protective mechanism, when a nerve is pulled/irritated due to this condition, it will cause a firing of the muscle to prevent overstretching and damage to the nerve.  Hence the bone the muscle is connected to is not allowed its complete range of motion. An example would be ‘short striding’. This happens continually on a micro level and the body usually resolves its own problems, while sometimes the body needs help.


This is where Tool Assisted Myofascial Release comes in.  With an intricate knowledge of anatomy, the practitioner can follow the fascial planes and muscles releasing the adhesions that are ‘gumming up’ the works.  This will restore the elasticity and re-hydrate the area allowing for the muscles their full contractility and strength.  Along with this also allowing free flow of lymphatic drainage for removal of the accumulated metabolic debris.  Freeing the body of this debris leads us back to “The Poetry of Motion”

Want more details on Body Work and it’s related issues? Be sure to read Dr. Joe’s posts in the Dr.’s Corner! Also check out our FAQ page for answers to many common questions.