"If you have a horse, you need a chiropractic adjustment," stated Dr. William Ormston, one of the speakers at the 2008 AVCA conference. (We’re pretty sure he meant our horses need adjustments, too!)
Vets and chiropractors from all over the world gathered October 30 to November 2 at Legacy Lodge Lake, Lanier Islands, Georgia, to share and learn proper techniques and safety for practitioners and the animals.
In discussing "Supporting Your Adjustments with Nutrition," Dr. Ava Frick outlined healing at the cellular level. "Every body’s cells need the proper balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to flourish," Frick explained.
Dr. Judith Shoemaker conducted a lecture on "Postural Rehabilitation," an evidence-based approach to alleviating chronic performance problems and preventing musculoskeletal injury.
"Pain Management Principles and Applications and Treatments" were discussed by Dr. Shauna Cantwell.
Dr. Ormston was very active giving lectures on gait analysis for both dogs and horses while moderating panel discussions. In the "Chicken Stew" sessions, participants were encouraged to share their stories and variations on techniques that work for them.
Wendy Coren and Dave Lundquist of Equalign wrapped the sessions up with a talk on "Horse & Rider Dynamics," reviewing common structural maladies stemming from rider misalignment.
Sherry Flannagan of SaveTheHorse.org, a rescue shelter outside of Atlanta, brought in a special pony (who was the perfect student) and countless dogs of all shapes and sizes to be adjusted by the attending chiropractors. They left very happy campers. Kudos to the hotel for allowing the animals right in the conference rooms with all the human students.
Between lectures, attendees visited a diverse array of vendors featuring both the latest technology and proven products, including Respond Laser Systems, Alpha Stim, Erchonia Laser, ESWT Shockwave Therapy, many Chinese Herbal companies and Equilite’s Sore No More®.
For information on how to find a chiropractor in your area, contact the AVCA at www.animalchiropractic.org or call 918-784-2231