Why Consider Veterinary Animal Chiropractic?
Animal Chiropractic is a field of animal health care with its foundational philosophy based on the intimate relationship between the biomechanics of the spinal column and the nervous system. The nervous system is in control of everything and therefore anything which compromises this could have a knock-on effect on their performance.
Horses rely upon our ability to be patient, to observe, to listen and to stand back and try to make sense of their behavioural changes, as these may indicate health concerns, such as:
- Pain and stiffness when touched or during movement
- Mood and behavioural changes
- Difficulty in collection or flexing through the poll
- Postural changes
- Shortened strides or stiff gain
- lameness …. and more
We know that horses are simply expressing changes in movement, behaviour or energy because something is not right. If you notice any changes in your horse, it may be that animal chiropractic could help. If in doubt, always contact your Vet first. Animal chiropractic is not an alternative treatment but rather, an integrative method which, when used in conjunction with traditional veterinary care, can help to provide an effective way of restoring well-being to your horse.
Every day is a work day for most dogs, in fact, given the chance, some don’t want to stop! Each individual dog’s top performance, whether that be a routine run through the woods over uneven ground, chasing a favourite toy or an agility competition, is the result of ability combined with correct nutrition, prior training, fitness and the dog’s ability to resist outside forces (trip, stumble, fall, collision). This is where chiropractic could make a difference; slight inefficiencies in spinal biomechanics may affect overall movement, muscle power and the fine-tuning of joints.
Chiropractic care for your beloved four-legged friend will include a treatment package which will usually also include advice on exercise and nutrition, where appropriate.
What To Expect
We will start with a detailed case history of your animal including a full previous history, where possible. Then we will perform a thorough evaluation, including examination of your animal, prior to discussing a management plan and then beginning treatment. This will include:
- Static Assessment (standing/at rest)
- Dynamic Assessment (in all paces, ideally)
- Chiropractic Examination and treatment
- Rehabilitative Assessment (what exercises you can do in between sessions)
- Treatment – this may include specific chiropractic ‘adjustments’, which may appear similar to those used on humans. When we find an area with decreased or restricted motion, we apply a high force, low amplitude thrust, specific to the anatomy of the joint in question, aimed at restoring normal movement and function. These adjustments are usually enjoyable for the animal and they experience little or no pain. We may also undertake soft tissue techniques and advice on home-care including exercises, ice or heat and/or stretches.
In some circumstances, we may not recommend immediate chiropractic treatment for your animal and may refer you back to your veterinarian for first.
Horse and dog lovers that we are, through and through, we constantly strive to help improve their lives and health.
Animal Chiropractic is a field of animal health care which focuses on the maintenance of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. The nervous system is in control of everything and therefore anything which affects this may have a knock-on effect; for example, if the movement of vertebrae become dysfunctional, this could lead to changes in mobility which can lead to stiffness and tension and pain.
Whether your horse is a young, newly backed horse, a performance athlete, a happy hacker or a geriatric, we will do what we can to help maintain and improve the movement and biomechanics of the spine and extremities with the aim of restoring mobility and freedom of movement.
Performance And Endurance
To achieve top performance, the animal will need to be in the best possible health. It might be that inefficiencies in your animal’s biomechanics could lead to minor injuries which may not be detected by the naked eye or even on an x-ray. The chiropractic examination may find related or causative joint ‘dysfunction’ or restricted motion in these cases.
In addition, where horses are concerned, we may recommend a:
- Rider analysis
If you do not have a usual professional to assess this, we recommend a ‘screen’ or analysis, so that we can uncover if and where there may be any contributing towards your animal’s dysfunctional pattern.
Performance And Endurance
For all our animals, whatever the complaint or issue, we will begin by obtaining your veterinarian’s consent and then a thorough and detailed case history from you, the owner, including details of any previous investigative imaging (such as x-rays) and previous diagnoses and therapies, if applicable.
Once we have a musculoskeletal diagnosis after this full analysis and examination has been carried out, we can determine what chiropractic ‘adjustments’ and treatment (as this may include rehabilitative exercises, soft tissue work or laser treatment) your animal may benefit from. After an injury, your animal may well have used various compensatory movements to offload a limb, avoid the pain and this examination will, therefore, be of your animal’s entire structure, including all four limbs.