Animal Biomechanical Medicine
Animal Biomechanical Medicine (ABM) is the identification of biomechanical dysfunction anywhere in the animal’s body and the application of an appropriate therapy, which is often manual, to resolve the biomechanical problem.
The dysfunction may be contributing to a clinical situation and conversely a clinical problem can contribute to biomechanical dysfunction. Animal Biomechanical Medicine compromises detailed biomechanical assessment, a wide range of soft tissue, fascial and joint techniques as well as assessment of balance and foot problems leading to dysfunction. Practitioners are trained in safe working practice, the need for referral to a veterinarian, contraindications to ABM care, as well as rehabilitation as well as the legal and legislative situation.
ABM does not in any way replace veterinary care or the need for a veterinarian. ABM does involve manual techniques that are not covered in veterinary education. In the equine arena around the world there is now days no doubt of the need for a competent practitioner for biomechanical care to achieve optimal health and performance.
Animal Biomechanical Professionals Australia (ABPA) is an association made up of veterinarians, chiropractors and osteopaths who have completed a graduate diploma or higher degree is the field of ABM. This diploma is accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework. Completing the diploma involves a 2 year part time course of 980 hours covering many subjects including neurophysiology through to hoof care.
To find a qualified practitioner near you visit http://www.abmprof.com.au