There are no negative side effects to Dr. Landau’s methods. Monthly chiropractic and or acupuncture treatments to maximize performance is a great way to truly help a horse perform to his or her highest level. Chronic lameness and pain can be addressed utilizing all natural herbal therapies (orally and topically over affected joints), low level laser therapy, and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy. Medical conditions, allergies, and digestive problems all can be viewed through a holistic lens to stimulate the horse’s ability to heal and repair itself.
Dr. Landau believes that “maintenance joint injections” should not be a preventative therapy for horses but chiropractic and acupuncture should. After all, injecting joints with steroids has been shown to hasten the degradation of articular cartilage over time, especially if a horse is not permitted adequate rest following injection.
Dr. Landau loves to inject vitamin B-12 into acupuncture points to help treat performance and medical issues. These injections provide a stronger stimulation than regular acupuncture (dry needles) alone. Most horses don’t mind at all. If your horse does not like acupuncture injections or any needles whatsoever, Dr. Landau will use his Respond Systems Laser to deliver an effective acupuncture treatment without needles. Meeting each horse where they are is the key to a successful session.
A horse will often reveal a variety of reactive acupuncture points on the surface of their body to guide Dr. Landau’s diagnosis and treatment. Active acupuncture points twitch as Dr. Landau traces the meridians with a firm stylus. Scars, adhesions, and these active points will help guide the successful treatment restoring comfort and function. The pattern of acupuncture point reactivity reveals the areas of imbalance, pain, and the source of poor performance. Dr. Landau knows how to eliminate this sensitive array of acupuncture points to address the underlying problem. This helps take away the guessing when it comes to finding the source of a lameness.
You can expect a thorough evaluation of your horses biomechanical function, which will include a moving examination, motion palpation from head to tail, and a gentle, effective chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Landau will find the segments of the spine and areas of the body with restrictions in motion and find a way to reestablish motion, function and neurologic output. Dr. Landau’s extensive training in applied kinesiology allows him to identify imbalances that hold the body in physically stressful patterns. Once identified, these patterns can be fixed through proper adjustments. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), sacropelvic misalignments, and craniosacral faults can all be identified and corrected. Owners use chiropractic care for their equine athletes to maximize performance and comfort. Lameness and weakness can benefit from chiropractic care to maximize the nervous system’s ability to properly support the joints and soft tissues of the body and to promote optimal healing. All animals can benefit from the preventive medicine of a good chiropractic adjustment.
There are specific times when it is important to use a horse’s own blood to inject into specific acupuncture points to stimulate the body’s immune response to thwart specific infectious problems like Lyme Disease, Herpes Virus, and Equine Protozoal Myelitis (EPM). By drawing blood and reinjecting through a small gauge needle, Dr. Landau ensures that all of the red blood cells, white blood cells, and the platelets rupture while being reinjected. This guarantees that any organisms trying to evade the body’s immune system by hiding within blood cells get exposed to the immune centers of the horse and defeated by the body’s immune response.
After placing regular acupuncture needles, Dr. Landau will connect these needles to a machine that generates a microcurrent that will course through the needles stimulating the nervous system to reduce pain and inflammation. This technique is also very successful when there has been nerve damage because it will stimulate new nerves to form and ”reconnect” helping to establish normal function once again.
Used specifically when there has been a nerve injury and subsequent muscle atrophy. Dr. Landau will inject air, yes air, under the skin where the atrophy has occurred. The body will then be stimulated to generate new muscle in the coming months. It works particularly well for “Sweeney” which is atrophy to the supraspinatus muscle commonly after damaging the suprascapular nerve. This usually occurs after a horse bangs its shoulder on a post or corner. Pneumoacupuncture can literally bring this muscle back.
Dr. Landau has used low level laser therapy for over 15 years. Presently, Dr. Landau uses a Respond Laser (Class 3B) to perform laser-acupuncture or to treat acute injuries as well as a Erchonia Laser (Class 1A). Occasionally, he will use both simultaneously! Laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment for acute pain and chronic degenerative conditions. It improves the speed and quality of healing and repair for all tissues in its path.
The laser light penetrates the body without harming cellular functions, naturally reducing oxidative stress and encouraging cellular production of ATP. Unlike drugs and traditional surgery, laser is entirely safe causing no adverse side effects. The animals remain awake throughout the procedure and experience no downtime — an ideal choice for any animal dealing with pain or inflammation.