Veterinary Chiropractic

Dr Lance Riggien completed his studies at the Durban university of Technology before qualifying as a chiropractor in 2003. He has been working in private practice for the last 13 years. In 2015, he qualified as a Veterinary Chiropractor in Germany as well as successfully completing his International Veterinary Chiropractic Association exams and becoming a member of this International organisation dedicated to promoting excellence and consistently high standards in the field of Veterinary Chiropractic. He is currently one of only 3 IVCA registered veterinary chiropractors in South Africa. Dr Riggien began his work with animals in 2009, specializing in Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), an innovative non-surgical method of pain elimination. His therapy has since progressed to include other chiropractic practices for animals, including treatments for conditions of the spine, extremity joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips, knees as well as tendons, muscles and ligaments. Based at the Riggien Chiropractic Centre in Port Elizabeth, Dr Riggien treats a range of animals, including horses, cats and dogs.

Although based in Port Elizabeth, Dr Riggien travels extensively around the country to provide chiropractic care and shockwave therapy to animals. He is regularly in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and East London just to mention a few but travels to all areas, big and small. With 13 years of chiropractic experience, Dr Riggien is passionate about the benefits of his various treatments and has enjoyed great success treating animals.

What is veterinary chiropractic?

Veterinary chiropractic is concerned with the maintenance of a healthy, functioning musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus on the spine. Veterinary chiropractic is useful in detecting spinal problems, and alleviating pain without the use of surgery or medication. It is a holistic approach to alleviating neck and back pain.

Veterinary chiropractic can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Chronic musculoskeletal problems
  • Tension
  • Stiffness

It can also be used to enhance performance ability and maintain fitness in horses, and as a complementary treatment for lameness.

How does it work?

Dr Riggien performs treatments to realign the spine and restore mobility to the joints in horses and dogs. Re-alignment is made manually by placing the hands on the affected vertebrae. Because the vertebral joints are quite flexible, they are handled with minimal force, and the treatment does not cause pain or discomfort for the animal.

Before Dr Riggien begins his treatment, he will perform a thorough assessment of your animal, and explain his healing plan. His fast, effective and affordable sessions take place at your premises, causing minimal stress for your animal without the inconvenience of you having to transport your horses anywhere, or subject them to foreign surroundings. He performs equine massage therapy, shockwave therapy as well as the chiropractic manipulations where required. Thus he is able to work on both the bones, joints and tendons to provide an all round treatment for your animal.

Contact Details:

  • Cell Phone: 084 505 1430
  • Surgery: 041 581 2376
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