Sciatica and sacroiliac pain in horses - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Sciatica is simply an inflammation of the nerves out of the spine which are travelling down through the pelvis and into the legs.The sciatic nerve runs down the horse's spine and through the sacroiliac joint.

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In a young animal it will be a reflection of a blow to the spine or some sort of a twist or fall which has caused some of the spinal muscles to go into spasm and place pressure on the nerve bundles emerging from the spine.

Signs of sciatica in horses:

  • Flinching downward when pressure is applied
  • Behavioural issues
  • Hind limb lameness
  • Reluctance to move
  • Difficulty cantering
  • A visible bump on the rump

This is a good case for chiropractic or acupuncture, even better if you have some person or Vet who is experienced with this. A good chiropractor or acupuncturist can get directly to the area involved and is probably better than laser therapy.

McDowells recommendations

Nerve Regen
Nerve Regen contains herbal extracts traditionally used to support the central nervous and circulatory system. Traditionally this formulation is aimed at nourishing the nerve plexus and may help to improve cerebral blood flow.

Nerve Regen oil
Traditionally this formulation is aimed at supporting nerve impulses, aid repair of damaged sheaths, support increase energy to nerve plexuses, and help to improve blood flow.  This deeply penetrating and heating preparation carries healing herbs directly to the problem area, improves circulation to those tiny muscles in spasm and allows them to release more easily. massage alongside the spine in the area of the hind quarters twice daily.The Hypericum Oil which I would add to it will directly heal the inflamed nerve fibres.

Alleviate contains herbs that habe
 been traditionally used to reduce pain from inflammation and support in the healing process. This formulation may be used safely for both emergencies and in the long term for comfort.

1. Sacroiliac Pain in Horses Kentucky Equine Research

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