Treatment by anatomical area
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In the horse, the neck section is most flexible part of the vertebral column. There are three main potential sources of problems: congenital structural defects, including inversion; maltreatment; and trauma, including all lesions caused by accidents, such as falls, and so on. When locating specific points of tension, it should be borne in mind that problems anywhere along the vertebral column can have repercussions in the neck and poll. When the point of tension – most often due to muscular problems – has been identified by palpation, a number of massage and other physiotherapeutic techniques can be used. Therapeutic treatment of the spasms affects the dermatomes as much as the corresponding myotomes; the distance from the affected area varies according to the gravity of the lesion. Actual vertebral displacement in the horse is rare. The overlapping of the vertebral bodies and articular surfaces limits movement of the thoraco-lumbar spine.