What is chiropractors and how does it work?
Chiropractic treatment is simply a method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve skeletal alignment. In doing so it helps the nervous system to work more efficiently, relieves pain and discomfort and increases mobility.
Animals, like humans, can suffer back, neck, pelvic and other musculoskeletal problems and injuries. Our methods are gentle yet highly effective form of treatment for many animals including horses, dogs, cats rabbits, farm animals, birds and even exotics.
Animals, particularly when they’re in pain, may be very sensitive. The gentle nature of our techniques allow most animals to accept this treatment readily, even enjoy it.
Once a problem has been resolved, it’s recommended that your horse receives regular checkups to help maintain optimum performance and health, and prevent future problems.
What are the signs that my horse needs chiropractic treatment?
There are several indicators that suggest your horse may benefit from chiropractic treatment including:
- In balance, particularly from behind
- Uneven wear of shoes
- Cold back
- Deterioration of usual performance
- Stiffness on one rein or a disunited canter
- Unexplained napping, rearing, refusing or bucking
- Uneven muscle development or atrophy
- Changes in behaviour or temperament
- Limb dragging or odd, irregular action
- Absence of resolution using conventional methods
Initially the chiropractor will take a case history. This will include details of current and previous injuries or problems, changes in behaviour, and an impression of your horses exercise regime and general lifestyle.
The spine, pelvis and other relevant areas will be analysed and appropriate adjustments made. Finally, after treatment your chiropractor will discuss with you the appropriate after-care requirements and suggest when another session might be appropriate.
How many treatments will my horse need?
Several treatments may be required, depending upon the nature and severity of the problem and individual circumstances including:
- Age of your horse
- Extent of problem
- Duration of problem
- General fitness
- Follow-up care
How will my horse react following treatment?
When people receive chiropractic treatment, they sometimes feel lightheaded, tired, or stiff for a day or two afterwards. Some feel better immediately. All are normal responses to treatment. Horses may have their own versions of these reactions it’s important to talk to your chiropractor if you feel worried about anything either during or after your horse’s treatment.
How can I help my horse make a full, rapid recovery?
Generally, most horses will benefit from a short period of rest and limited exercise before gradually resuming a normal exercise program.
Specific after-care advice will vary with each individual, and will be influenced by the age of the horse, the nature and duration of the problem, current activities, and fitness levels.
If you’re seeking treatment for your horse on the basis of ‘performance’ care you may wish to plan a treatment around your training/competition programme.
As a rider, other ways you can help your horse to recover and remain injury free include using a mounting block, reviewing your riding position, and checking your stirrup leathers are of equal length.
Margie, our preferred equine Chiropractor is available by appointment at the yard for check ups and treatments.