Chiropractic Services

Veterinary chiropractic is a manual treatment modality as well as a diagnostic tool offered by Dr Carolin Gerdes MRCVS, one of our senior clinicians at Rossdales Equine Diagnostic Centre. Carolin is certified by both the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC) and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).

Chiropractic is frequently applied as a complementary or alternative treatment option following a thorough orthopaedic examination. Specialised equine chiropractic services include a clinical examination, gait analysis and chiropractic assessment followed by treatment where indicated.

Chiropractic techniques focus on the diagnosis and treatment of functional joint problems and aim to achieve joint mobilisation within the normal anatomical barrier. For regular orthopaedic cases, such as horses presenting with poor performance or lameness, these techniques can be utilised to obtain clinical information regarding pain and mobility in the back and pelvic regions.

What are the benefits of chiropractic?

The aim is to improve joint function. This is achieved by restoring the normal range of motion, restoring normal pain sensation and improving altered tissue function (for example, muscle function).

Chiropractic therapy is particularly useful for:

  • Rehabilitation for lameness or injury
  • Maintenance and improved performance
  • Non-specific poor performance

If you wish to discuss whether your horse is a suitable candidate for chiropractic therapy, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01638 577754, or email