*** Remembering Bill and honoring his work. ***

Instructions on How to Adjust Animal Sternums

Instructions on How to Adjust Animal Sternums, the Costo-Sternal and Costo-Chondral Articulations

Revised 2nd Edition
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The vast majority of horses have sternum and rib misalignment which effects, among other things, their ability to breathe, lack of drive off the front and rear ends or inability to stop. For correction the center of rotation has got to be followed so as not to hurt yourself or the animal.
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An Addendum to the Sternum and Rib Adjustment Techniques

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The vast majority of horses have sternum and rib misalignment which effects, among other things, their ability to breathe, lack of drive off the front and rear ends or inability to stop. For correction the center of rotation has got to be followed so as not to hurt yourself or the animal.
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Animal Chiropractic: The Visual Workbook

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This Visual Workbook was designed for anyone who ever asked the question “How can I tell if my pet needs a chiropractic adjustment?”
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Advanced Equine Chiropractic: More than Diagnostic Acupuncture

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Besides the diagnostic use of acupuncture this book addresses, discusses and demonstrates (two hour DVD enclosed) embryological and sympathy points unknown and unpublished until this time that will excite many animal chiropractors who want to improve their diagnosis skills. By using his acupuncture education Dr. Schmidt was able to advance his diagnostic treatment abilities for horses. Those doctors interested in learning these subtle indicators should have an acupuncture certification. New students should be able to feel the aperture points.
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Small Animal Chiropractic Adjusting DVD

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Filmed to show the ease and thus importance of light palpation and light adjusting.
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Equine Chiropractic Adjusting DVD

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Filmed at a racetrack in Chicago, Illinois for Lloyds of London; it is setting the standards for light palpation and light adjusting.
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BULLS DVD

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For those of you who take my course, the bulls are treated the same as any other animal. Light palpation and the angle of adjustment are primary. Due to the dangerous nature of a bull, generally they are adjusted in stocks. The adjustments may have to be altered so as not to be caught between the stocks and the animal.
 

Dr. Schmidt, a life-long learner and teacher, wrote several books on his information and techniques.

His teachings cover the following steps.

Learning what the stance of a relaxed animal should be your first goal is Step Number 1. To learn this skill takes watching many animals while they are walking, running, grazing or standing. Watch them, learn what normal looks like. The observations will give you a starting point as to where you need to be paying very close attention.

Treatment is Step Number 2. To palpate the animal you have to work with an extremely light touch to feel the variations of bone and soft tissue and to feel the adjustment. Pressing hard dulls your sense of palpation and will cause pain to an already sore animal that will elicit a pain response causing the patient to tighten more so you will not be able to do your job. You may have some results but in my opinion this is not fixing the problem or doing what you were hired to do. In order to feel the very subtle motions of the vertebrae or joints of the appendages and the soft tissue, you have to be relaxed and calm. You must learn how to palpate and adjust very lightly and this takes a tremendous amount of effort, time, dedication and practice.

Step Number 3 is knowing how to fix it. You can’t use the same adjustments every time. There will be times when the adjustment and/or treatment will have to be modified or changed depending on what you find on that particular treatment schedule. The change can be on the same animal with each treatment.

The body is dynamic, not static. You have to be able to change the treatment: i.e., the adjustment and/or the angle of the adjustment or soft tissue every time you adjust or treat that area. Again, this takes time and effort to learn what is normal and what is abnormal and how the vertebrae and soft tissue feel as it is improving and when it is at maximum improvement.

With chronic problems you have to be able to ascertain what can be fixed and what can’t be fixed and when to say there is maximum functional improvement as it relates to your treatment schedule. Understanding this, we will be able to fix the so-called unfixable that all of you will be hired to do at some point. Just because another AVCA Certified Doctor or a local veterinarian says the animal is unfixable or untreatable is not necessarily so. Learn to diagnose and trust your own diagnostic acumen.

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Dr. William (Bill) Schmidt

“I first met Dr. William Schmidt at an AVCA conference in Houston Texas in 2008. I attended one of his labs in which he demonstrated his rib, sternal, and wither, and thoracic adjustments on a horse. I was amazed at his observation skills, light technique, and effective therapy. I traveled to Hot Springs Arkansas in the Spring of 2009 to shadow Dr. Schmidt working on thoroughbreds at the racetrack. There I observed him working on the entire horse. He taught me how to adjust tight iliopsoas muscles which can really help free up the hind limb. His amazing instruction and guidance helped shape my future as an animal chiropractic doctor. I cannot thank him enough, and it was very sad and to hear of his passing away, he was iconic.”

– A personal tribute