Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Agility Dogs - Chiropractor for Dogs Cape Cod and New England

Agility Dogs and Chiropractic

It is important to always have your dog checked by a board certified animal chiropractor. The training is a 215 hour post graduate course for Vets or Chiropractors. This specialized certification will ensure your dog gets the very best care possible.

Chiropractic evaluations are important because your dog is an athlete and chiropractic is the only service that will take your dogs biomechanics into condsideration. Standard Vet practice does not evaluate your dog in this manner. Your animal chiropractor will evaluate gait pattern and specific spine and extremity testing for subluxation [joints that are “stuck” and causing nerve irritation]. These subluxations do not cause overt lameness or outward symptoms that your standard Vet would notice but these subluxations can dramatically affect your dog’s performance.

Please call me at 617-472-0661 or email me at I make house calls throughout New England.

Hock Issues - Equine Chiropractor New England

Stall Calls with Dr. Bruce Indek: Low Back and Hock Issues

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Author: Dr. Bruce Indek

The Hock of your horse is the anatomical equivalent to your heel and Achilles tendon. The muscle just above the hock would be equal to your calf muscle. Many times I see owners getting the hocks injected for swelling and inflammation. The injection is great for reducing the pain and swelling but what about the cause. That’s right the cause….mmmmmm…. How about the low back. The hock issue can cause strain on the low back and the low back can put strain on the hock.

Many owners never find out why the hocks continue to get irritated. The low back can have subluxations and or muscle strain which will cause your horse to push harder off the hock. Sometimes your Vet may tell you it is a conformation problem combined with the work you are asking of your horse. This may be true in some cases but what can be done to minimize the stress and resultant inflammation? This question usually revolves around getting the hocks injected periodically. You have to think about it this way.. the hock inflammation is a symptom and injecting the symptom does not fix the cause, ie spraying water on the smoke detector instead of the fire somewhere else in the house. So what can be done?

Many times there may be a subluxation complex {joints irritating nerves} within the sacroiliac [pelvic joint] inhibiting collection and adding hock stress. Sometimes there can be a muscle issue with trigger points within the calf muscle equivalent causing tension in the Achilles tendon. This Achilles tendon tension may result in abnormal hock movement and inflammation. The stifle may even have a hand in the altered movement. To add to all of this there may even be a lower cervical [neck] subluxation causing erroneous biomechanics in the spine and transfer the abnormal weight shift of your horse to the hocks. Finally there may be a hoof issue causing the problem as well.

What can you do about all this. Well first of all beyond hock injections having an Equine Chiropractor evaluate your horse for subluxation and biomechanics along with your farrier is imperative. The biomechanics[how your horse moves] of the entire horse is often never addressed. If there is not an inborn abnormality within the hocks [rare] or a disease process then the cause must be biomechanical and your chiropractor and farrier are experts in this field.

Dr. Bruce Indek has been in Chiropractic Practice since 1983. He graduated from National College of Chiropractic, and has been treating riders and other athletes. He is certified by the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council in Sports Injuries. He is the Director of Chiropractic for the Boston Marathon. Dr. Bruce is a graduate of Options for Animals Chiropractic College and Board Certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He worked on the New England Dressage Spring and Fall Festival in Saugerties NY, travels throughout the USA

treating horses and riders from Dressage to Barrel Racing, and is on the Panel for “Ask

the Expert” for Dressage Today, and Chronicle for the Horse online articles. He is a contributing writer for the Pet Gazette in Eastern Massachusetts. Dr. Indek is also alevel one dressage rider.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

hip pain in dogs - Chiropractor for dogs boston mass

Often times a dog may have issues with their low back, sacroiliac or psoas muscle. Chiropractic adjustments help improve the biomechanics and relieve the pain. Many dogs are put on rimadyl for pain and this medication can cause liver problems. I often have my owners use liquid Traumheel for pain along with the chiropractic care, exercises and stretches.

Please call me at 617-472-0661, email me at or check out my website at

I make house calls for dogs throughout New England.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

increased lordosis and back pain in a horse- Chiropractor for Horses Mass.

Often your horse may have weak core muscles which will cause back pain and subluxations. My Animal Chiropractic Care involves an extensive exercise program to supplement my care so your horse is more supple and adaptive. Please call me at 617-472-0661 or email me at My website is I take care of horses throughout New England and the USA.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chiropractor for Dogs - Agility Thankgiving Cluster

I will be at the Thanksgiving Cluster Agility Trial in Springfield Mass friday 11/25/11 thru sunday 11/27/11.
Adjustments will be available for dogs and owners. Stop by my booth "Canine Chiropractic"
If you want to make an appointment call me at 617-472-0661 or email me at

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kissing Spine in horses with back pain - Chiropractor for Horses Mass new england

Kissing spine can cause abdominal muscle atrophy and an increased spinal lordosis [loss of the topline]. When a horse has weak abdominal or core muscles there are many reasons. There can be spinal subluxations [ vertebrae that are not moving correctly causing nerve irritation and less power supply to the abdominal muscles]. There can also be lack of proper exercise for your horse and with time these abdominal muscles have lost the tone and dropped the topline.  If you do these specific exercises 5 to 6 times per day on a daily basis you can drastically improve your horses topline, decreased pain and improved function.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Swayed Back and Back Pain Horses - Equine Chiropractor mass

Your Horse’s Core Muscles

Your horse’s core muscles are essential for good engagement. Engagement is your horse’s ability to bring the hind end under and power off. Some of the essential muscles are the Tensor Fasiae Latae  as well as the Middle Gluteal and Biceps Femoris. If you do some specific exercises in this region you can greatly improve your horse’s performance and prevent future injury to the back and hocks. All of these exercises are from Hillary Clayton’s book “Activate Your Horses Core”.
These  are just a taste of what you can do to improve your horse’s physical ability. Dressage to just Trail Riding can be improved with these and many more exercises. It is always a good idea to have your horse’s biomechanical integrity checked before starting these activities. Your Equine Chiropractor will check for any subluxations and areas of poor function first and after the adjustments these exercises along with many more will enhance the post adjustment effects.  So many owners just exercise their horse and never have the chiropractor check them first. If a spinal subluxation exists then the exercises can actually hurt your horse more that help them, since they will compensate to get the carrot that you will be using as the incentive to perform.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Neck Pain in Dogs - Dog Chiropractor Mass/Boston

Canine Lameness
Is this a chiropractic case or not. Always be sure to ask if there has been any tests lab, etc. Sometimes the treating Vet will talk to you and sometimes not. So many conditions can cause lameness such as FCE [very common], Anaplasmosis, Lyme, the list goes on. A chiropractic adjustment will always help any dog with a disease or not as long as a subluxation exists. The disease if present will be treated by the treating Vet and you the chiropractor will help that animal deal with the disease entity on a higher level by improving immune function with your adjustment.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chiropractors for dogs - mass and new england

When is the right time to have your dog adjusted The answer is any time. Chiropractic works on the fact that the nervous system coord. and controls all tissue function from muscles to organs. If there is a subluxation [spinal joint that is stuck and irritating nerves] the organs and muscles that those nerves control will not work correctly. Any organ issue or muscle/joint problems can be helped if the subluxation is adjusted and the nerve irritation is removed.

Call me at 617-472-0661 or with any questions.