Ahhh! That Feels Soooo Good
Chiropractic is much more than treating bones out of place. The
vertebrae that encompass the spine surround and protect the spinal
cord and major nerve roots. Life force is generated in the brain and
transmitted through these nerves to the organs. So, if a vertebra is
subluxated, it is more than pain or facilitation that your horse
feels, it is also causing diminished activity and vitality of the
organs connected to that vertebral segment. Potentially, this can
cause digestive, immune and glandular imbalances.
Subluxation of joints is recognized by lessened motion of the
joints, by slight changes in the position of the articulating bones,
and by pain. The surrounding muscles and connective tissue will
splint to protect the area. This alteration of movement in the
vertebral joints is known as "kinesiopathy." Although most
chiropractors adjust the spine, be sure that your chiropractor pays
attention to the extremities as well.
Performance horses greatly benefit from regular chiropractic care.
There are a plethora of different schools of thought in both the
human and equine chiropractic fields. Watch out for excessive long
lever techniques and the hammer and mallet folks with no formal
training! Remember, by definition a subluxation can be a slight
change in the position of bones. Sometimes you get all the
adjustment you need from a subtle "network chiropractic" contact on
the sacro-tuberous ligament or on the occiput. The American
Veterinary Chiropractic Association certifies both DC's and vets to
perform chiropractic. This is a good resource.
Lastly, be sure your chiropractor evaluates the balance of the
horse's feet and teeth (jaw) as well as extremities. If these parts
are out of balance the adjustment will not hold long if at all.
Then, you are wasting your time and money.
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