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Can Equine Manual Lymph Drainage help Laminitics?

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Heather Dodd

Heather Powell Manual Lymph Drainage
This question was explored at the  International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot held in Florida during November 2013.

The conference featured contributions from a wide range of expertise – scientists, vets, farriers, therapists, nutritionists – and this year there was a section for horse owners, all committed to the goal of understanding and defeating laminitis.

Equine Manual Lymph Drainage practitioner, Heather Powell was present at the event and tells CHN: “Having promoted the use of manual lymph drainage as an ancillary treatment for laminitis for a number of years, and having recently initiated a research project in support of this, it was a privilege to be invited to present it at the Conference.”

“Historically the lymphatic system has been ignored in laminitis research,  but new understandings of its role and action may begin to change this, and this year in addition to my presentation the Conference featured a beautifully illustrated introduction to the lymphatic system of the hoof by world renowned laminitis expert Dr Christopher Pollitt.

“The equine hoof is a wonderful structure, continually adapting to changes in its environment, and it was no surprise that sometimes expert opinions disagreed, but the willingness of this Conference to challenge dogma, invite a wide range of contributions and encourage debate was one of its enjoyable features.”

Proceedings of the Conference are contained in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.

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