Chiropractic Care

The common understanding of Chiropractic Care is ‘cracking bones’, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The word Chiropractic is a combination of two Greek words. Cheiros, means hand. Prakikos, means practice. Or some interpretations deem it, “done by hand.”

Chiropractic care as a therapeutic modality concerns itself with the nervous system and the proper functioning of the entire body as a result. Just like a computer technician, a good chiropractor works toward optimizing and ‘fixing’ the compromised nerve pathways so that the body can operate as inthorse_chiropracticended. This method of treatment usually involves manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures to restore communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

The nervous system is crucial, because all bodily functions such as balance, movement, heart rhythm, gut peristalsis, bladder function and hormone metabolism to just name a few depend on their proper functioning. Thus it is the goal of chiropractic care to ensure optimal innervation of the body to allow it to function in a health way.

Which animals can benefit from chiropractic care?

Chiropractic lesions are very common according to studies, even in young animals. Increasingly, chiropractic care is included as part of the routine health maintenance of animals to prevent injuries as well as maximize their ability to perform and stay healthy. Competition horses are often evaluated on a monthly basis.

Signs of possible chiropractic problems:

Horses

Body: Altered head and tail position

  • Poor and or changed topline
  • Muscle issues, tension atrophy
  • Reduced ability to bend the neck

Behavior and Performance:

  • Crookedness
  • Stumbling
  • Difficulty collecting and moving from behind
  • Resistance to the bit
  • Non-specific decrease in performance and fitness
  • Pulling on one rein
  • Refusing jumps
  • Balking Girthiness
  • Hypersensitivity to brushing
  • Difficulty with transitions and flying changes
  • Difficulty turning in one direction
  • Short-stridedness or forging

History of other medical problems:

  • Colic
  • Dental issues
  • Previous lameness
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle injury even when healed
  • Saddle-fitting issues Etc.
Dogs & Cats

Body:

  • Altered head and tail position
  • Poor and or changed topline
  • Muscle issues, tension atrophy
  • Reduced ability to bend the neck

Behavior and Performance:

  • Difficulty standing up or walking
  • Uneven gait
  • Crookedness
  • Stumbling
  • Non-specific decrease in performance and fitness
  • Refusing jumping
  • Lack of desire for play
  • Listlessness
  • Excessive licking
  • Sleep problems

History of other medical problems:

  • Previous lameness
  • Arthritis Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Poor appetite Etc.

 

 

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