Professional Chiropractic Services
Chiropractic care works by restoring full range of motion to all areas where movement has been restricted. Movement contributes to the health of a body as much as nutrition. You cannot live without food just as you cannot live without movement. Likewise minimal or poor quality food will lead to health issues and muscle wasting as will minimal or poor quality of movement. There is a different mechanism by which nutrition and movement causes these effects but it is a good analogy for understanding the importance to the body. Signals from the body “feed” the brain and signals from the brain back to the body “feed” the muscles. An example of this is where nerve damage or spinal cord trauma leads to severe muscle atrophy as seen in the legs of a paraplegic. Nerves that are affected by restriction of movement but not permanently damaged will return to full function once the restriction is relieved and movement resumes.
Palpation is the only true means to find restrictions but there are often signs that indicate to an owner or rider that the horse may be having some issues. These signs include muscle atrophy or lack of full muscling giving the level of training, resistance to bending in one direction, unequal lateral work in one direction, difficulty taking a lead, or the inability to bend the neck without tipping the face. Signs often resolve almost immediately and the horse is visibly relaxed. The frequency of treatment is different for each horse depending on the issue and the horse’s occupation. Chiropractic is a non-invasive, nontraumatic treatment that improves performance with no time off needed. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. If you feel that your horse could benefit from chiropractic care, please call for an appointment.