About This Project
Ever wonder if equine chiropractic could benefit your horse in the arena or on the trails? Large equine chiropractic studies are non-existent. Which is why we are seeking to answer this question using the latest available scientific techniques.
We are formulating a large (+1000 horse) study analyzing the effects of joint manipulation (chiropractic) on equine performance by using exam and objective thermographic data collected pre and post treatment.
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What is the context of this research?
A case study we published on joint manipulation (“chiropractic”) in a quarter horse demonstrated long-term improvement in performance when barrel racing. This study helped translate the objective benefits of equine chiropractic. Now we intend to conduct a larger (+1000 horse) study analyzing the effects of joint manipulation (chiropractic) on equine performance across multiple equine disciplines by using exam and objective thermographic data collected pre and post treatment. This study will demonstrate the quantitative and qualitative value of joint manipulation that the chiropractic adjustment has on improving pain, joint mobility, and performance in horses.
What is the significance of this project?
Equine chiropractic is popular in the horse world, which is why there are 4 major schools teaching joint manipulation at a post doctoral level to veterinarians and chiropractors. However, there is a lack of objective evidence to the effectiveness and application of this therapy. This study will be the first to empirically demonstrate performance improvements in a large sample of horses across multiple riding disciplines with the use of chiropractic care.
What are the goals of the project?
We seek to publish a larger study based on the framework of our case study to help objectively answer the effects of joint manipulation on equine performance. We will assess 1000 horses pre and post treatment. Each equine participant will be given a full exam with thermographic images. Treatment will consist of high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) adjusting of joint restrictions found on exam and with correlating subjective observations. Post-treatment thermographic images will be taken to assess the sympathetic nervous systems response to the corresponding treatment. Conclusions will be deduced from the comparison of pre and post thermographic changes as well as reported equine performance changes.
We currently need a FLIR thermographic camera that conforms to the veterinary thermographic guidelines formulated by the American Academy of Thermology to complete this study and shed light on this scientific question this camera is a necessity.
We have already completed our informed consent, exam and thermographic collection procedures manual per the American Academy of Thermology veterinary guidelines. We are ready to begin data collection but need a new thermographic camera before we can begin.
May 15, 2018
Jun 30, 2018
Collect pre and post data on 100 horses
Jul 31, 2018
Collect pre and post data on 200 horses
Aug 31, 2018
Collect pre and post data on 300 horses
Sep 30, 2018
Collect pre and post data on 400 horses
Meet the Team
Erin McQueen, DC, CVSMT
Dr. Erin is our principle investigator and certified in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy as well as equine thermography. She will be our doc in the field doing the data collection.
Sarah Urban-Keller DVM, CVSMT
Dr. Sarah is our veterinarian consult and adviser who is also certified in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy.
Kelli Greenwald, MS
Mrs. Greenwald has a masters in analytic writing and aids in the publication of our study.
Dr. Mike McQueen
I am a chiropractor with a research background in molecular biology. My job with this study is research coordinator and data collection analyst.
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