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    Orthopedic Joint Release

    Dr. Reuben uses a non-manual technique called Orthopedic Joint Release. It is based upon a technique called VOM or Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, to which Dr. Reuben has developed modifications. There are no pushing, pulling, or twisting maneuvers done on your horse. Dr. Reuben uses a hand held electrically pulsed device similar to the Activator device used by chiropractors on humans, but modified for use on horses. This is a precision directed, mechanically assisted movement of the vertebrae. The device induces and restores motion to immobilized spinal and hip joints, allowing proper function to return to the muscles and nerves, and improving circulation. The result is similar to resetting a tripped circuit breaker in your home, turning the power back on. Your horse’s nervous system will now “fire on all cylinders”.

    Orthopedic Joint Release is important to use first because it normalizes the altered firing patterns of the neurons which control the muscles, otherwise the muscles would simply resume their overcompensation patterns as soon as they are subjected to the stress of normal use, such as riding.

    The next therapy to be applied is Arthrostim Myofascial Release, using an FDA approved instrument called an Arthrostim. This instrument performs a rapid "compress and release" action on muscle groups, similar to Active Release Technique used on humans but delivered at a rate of 14 pulses per second! This creates a rapid stretching and releasing of the muscle, which seperates muscle fibers and breaks up adhesions that have formed between them. This will result in relaxation of tense and spasmed muscles. This clears the way for the next therapy to be used, which is Rapid Wave Release

    Following application of this sequence of therapies, your horse will feel looser, balanced, and more comfortable. There is usually a noticeable and immediate improvement in the horse's performance.

    Potential Symptoms in Horses with Back Problems
    1. Chronic front leg problems, tripping, stumbling
    2. Difficulty going up and/or down hills
    3. Short stepping with one or both rear legs
    4. Difficulty turning one or both directions
    5. Resists being shod
    6. Not collecting from behind
    7. Refuses or resists changing leads
    8. Behavioral difficulties, bucking
    9. Difficulty with transitions to trotting, cantering
    10. Agility problems