Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Dr. Bruce Indek who is trained in animal chiropractic from Options for Animals a chiropractic college in Kansas will be attending the Equine Affair on Saturday Nov. 15th. Dr. Indek practices in Quincy Mass for the past 26 years and travels throughout New England treating his equine patients.

Monday, November 3, 2008


The laws governing the treatment of dogs and horses in the commonwealth do not require your vet to give a referral for chiropractic but I always try to consult the vet while treating.

A chiropractor or vet can be certified to treat your dog or horse with chiropractic care by attending an animal chiropractic college which takes into account 215 hours of training. Please ask if the individual who is using chiropractic on your animal is trained in this manner. There are alot of weekend courses that state that anyone can learn this skill in 3 days, this is not so and can be dangerous to the treating individual and animal. If the person who is treating your animal is doing it for free then you know they are not trained.

"Animals are on this earth to teach us and when their job is done they move on."

If you have recently lost a pet please keep this old saying in mind, it will help.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Dog chiropractic has been growing in popularity. Many owners and vets see this approach as advantage over medicating for pain only. If your dog has seen their vet and there exists no disease process causing lameness, lethargy, appetite changes and back sensitivity then chiropractic may be the answer.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


When evaluating a horse I always take into account conformation. The dimensions of the horse and what his or her job entails is of main concern when doing an evaluation.

Starting with the legs, good alignment from the hoof to the shoulder and hip is looked at. Specifically the joints and their relationship to the bony structures.
The diameter of the cannon bone just below the knee should be 8inches for every 1000lbs of horse, this will ensure less traumatic injury and joint stress.

Wither to croup height is another factor. If the croup is higher that the withers then the saddle will be jamming the withers and causing neck and upper back soreness.

Fetlock and pastern position is a concern in regards to stress on the tendons and suspensory ligaments. A normal slope of the pastern to fetlock is essential. A long slope will also put excessive strain on the fetlock during weight bearing which can lead to fracture especially in jumpers.

I could go on but you get the idea, a chiropractor should always do this evaluation to help key them in.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Horse Performance

Here I am pictured with Rose and Cranberry. These 2 horses are a prime example of how athletic performance is enhanced with chiropractic adjustments.

Rose and Cranberry have been receiving chiropractic for some time and their owner has stated that they just function better when under care. These 2 horses do team penning and fox hunting.

They have had their share of biomechanical issues but are just doing fine.

Common issues such as subluxations within the cervical spine and Sacroiliac regions have been adjusted which has helped their balance and gait pattern.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008


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Poodles usually have an issue with subluxating patella or in layman's terms a knee cap that gets stuck. This patella issue will cause your dog to periodically skip or hop when trotting. Standard Vet care does not usually address this issue. It is vital to have your dog evaluated by an animal chiropractor since this problem can be helped with chiropractic adjustments to the pelvis and lumbar regions. Massage targeted at the Quads and Hamstrings will also give comfort and help with the stress on the knee.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What is the VSC?

In posts to come I will discuss the awful affects of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex or VSC for short. I can tell you it is not just a bone out of place or a pinched nerve. Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Norwell Animal Hospital

The Norwell Animal Hospital in Norwell Mass. has included Chiropractic care for canines in their facility. Dr. Bruce Indek will be holding office hours on an appointment basis. To make an appointment contact him by phone at 617-472-0661 or email him at Indekchiro@conversent.net.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Agility dogs

Agility dogs are athletes! If you are unfamiliar with agility dogs check out my link to wonder dogs. Many of the owners have seen improvements in times post chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments improve the dogs mobility and joint mechanics thus giving them the advantage over other dogs who do not receive chiropractic care.

These athletes are not receiving care due to an injury but are fine tuning themselves to perform at optimal times and reduce the chances for injury. All the dogs love the care and the owners can usually see a difference in the dog instantly.

Please let me know your experiences with canine chiropractic care.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Animal Chiropractic

Your animal has the ability to heal itself and its nervous system is the master coordinator. If an interference occurs to the nervous system your animal cannot be healthy. The nervous system is centered in the spine where most interference occurs.

The most common interference is call Vertebral Subluxation Complex or VSC. In horses and dogs VSC is caused by many factors such as poor fitting tack, age, rough play between dogs, improper shoeing, post surgical recovery, prolonged confinement, the list goes on. Symptoms are numerous such as lameness, cinch sensitive, difficulty getting up and climbing stairs, tender to the touch back muscles, shaking of the head, abnormal sweat pattern, abnormal gait pattern, and difficulty engaging to name a few.

If your Vet is not trained in animal chiropractic they will not be able to diagnose VSC and usually the animal will get anti-inflam. meds. Have your animal checked periodically by a certified animal chiropractor to keep your animal healthy naturally. The treatment is gentle and most animals react to it like they would to a massage Animal Chiropractic does not take the place of standard Vet care but is an integrative approach in concert with your Vet.