Principal Body System: Skeletal
Definition: The bones and joints of the body, and their associated soft tissues.
Function: Supports and protects the body; provides leverage; houses cells that produce blood cells; stores minerals.
And yet, in the blink of an eye, problems can occur. The good news is that there is an excellent range of nourishing herbs that can help support peripheral mobility, in many cases back to competition level.
However, once a limb or joint is damaged, it can take a long time to heal. Rehabilitating limb injuries is an expensive and time-consuming endeavour, and unfortunately usually associated with variable success rates, largely due to the tendency for injury to reoccur.
There are many therapies for limb injuries, ranging from box rest and cold therapy; magnetic field application to shock wave therapy; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to major surgical procedures. However, few of these therapies are proven to be fully successful, with many being of questionable value, and worse still, some being potentially harmful. None appear any more or less effective than another for returning horses to athletic function without re-injury.
Whatever the initial cause, be it injury, age, joint stress, malnutrition, shoeing - the supporting connective structure around the joints, i.e. cartilage and muscle, breaks down, causing inflammation and misalignment. If left untreated this results in the progressive destruction of the joint itself; ensuring a clean, healthy blood-flow to the depleted tissues and detoxing the cellular debris from the affected area is a paramount factor of the therapy.
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