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A preliminary study of the effect of manual chiropractic treatment on laterality of mechanical nociceptive thresholds (MNTs) in Thoroughbred racehorses.

Support evidence that manual chiropractic treatment reduces sensitivity to pain along the thoracic and lumbar musculature with independent laterality effects at different sites.
Further research is warranted with larger cohorts, repeatability and over a longer period

Investigation into the effects of McTimoney chiropractic treatment, Static Magnetic therapy and a combined treatment intervention on the Mechanical Nociceptive Threshold values in Thoroughbred Racehorses.

Support evidence of a positive effect of McTimoney Chiropractic and with the use of Magnetic rug(1000gauss) on the horses’ back muscle sensitivity to pain (increased MNTs) compared to no treatment intervention for 14 days
Further research is required on the differences between the treatments on muscle tonicity effects and performance parameters and horses with back pain.

A preliminary study of the effect of McTimoney chiropractic treatment on equine back dimensions typically evaluated in saddle fit in ridden horses.

Support evidence that McTimoney chiropractic treatment can have a quantifiable effect on equine back dimensions immediately post-treatment, and up to three days following treatment
This may have implications on saddle-fit assessment during this time period
Increases evidence base of effects of McTimoney chiropractic treatments and factors influencing back dimensions

A study investigating the potential effect of equine brachiocephalicus muscle tenderness on forelimb kinematics.

Evidence that asymmetrical muscle tenderness in the brachiocephalicus muscle may influence forelimb kinematics
Results suggest when evaluating muscle tenderness by pressure algometry, site within the muscle may be important

An investigation into the relationship between asymmetrical loading of the stirrups by the rider and hind-limb kinematics of the horse during rising trot.

Evidence of a relationship between horse hindlimb peak flight arc asymmetry and rider stirrup force asymmetry
Providing further evidence and understanding of horse-saddle-rider interaction

A preliminary study on the effects of head and neck position during feeding on the alignment of the cervical vertebrae in horses.

The method of feeding hay to horses (floor, haynet, Haybar) affects the head and neck position on a daily basis.
Study suggests an effect on the musculoskeletal system, with notable differences in areas of muscle tension.
May imply a link between how horses are fed and their musculoskeletal health

A preliminary study of the effect of manual chiropractic treatment on the splenius muscle in horses when measured by surface electromyography.

Evidence of a statistically significant reduction in splenius muscle activity following chiropractic treatment (McTimoney method).
Measuring muscle activity in a stabilising muscle of the spine may be a useful method of determining the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment in horses

The effects of manual chiropractic (McTimoney) and instrument assisted chiropractic on spinal mechanical nociceptive thresholds (MNTs) in flat racehorses without clinical signs.

Positive evidence that McTimoney chiropractic and instrument assisted chiropractic using an Integrator treatments on horses reduces sensitivity to pain (increased MNT’s) compared to no treatment.
McTimoney treatment appears to have a longer lasting effect (day 10) on increasing MNTs compared to treatment with the Integrator.

The effect of manual chiropractic (McTimoney) treatment on pressure measurements beneath the saddle.

Back problems in horses are recognised as an important factor in performance impairment.
Saddle fit is considered a factor in the pathogenesis of back problems.
Positive evidence that chiropractic treatment affects the horse’s back and reduces mean pressure beneath the saddle.

The effects of chiropractic treatment on the range of motion of the carpus and tarsus of horses

Clinical signs of back pain and spinal dysfunction can include asymmetric or restricted joint motion.
Positive support evidence that chiropractic treatment of horses may increase joint ROM of the carpus and tarsus and improve joint ROM asymmetry.

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