There are many situations relating to equine health when chiropractic treatment can be beneficial. These include:
- Paralysis of any sort
- Difficulty getting up and down
- Neurological problems/deficits
- Behavior/mood change
- Head tossing/difficulty being bridled
- Resisting headsetters
- Neck, back, shoulder and hip soreness
- Chronic, unresolved health condition
If your regular veterinarian doesn’t recommend a specific chiropractor, you can find one in your area through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).
Founded in 1989 by a group of chiropractors and veterinarians, the AVCA is an international organization that certifies animal chiropractic education programs. To maintain certification, the chiropractor must have completed an AVCA-recognized certification course and regularly keep up with continuing education courses.
The ultimate goal of chiropractic treatment is to relieve pain and restore normal function. With proper alignment of the skeletal system, neurological function and balance of the body’s other systems can be restored.
In essence, chiropractic treatment puts the horse’s body in the best position to heal and maintain health.
Least but not last, if you expect dramatic movements watching the process, you might be surprised. Some manipulations are so subtle that they may not be obvious to the observer. The chiropractor’s hands are as close as possible to the joint being manipulated. The adjustment is done quickly and with powerful but controlled force. Only one joint at a time is manipulated.