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Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic (manual therapy) care focuses on the health and proper function of the spinal column; however, the pelvis, limbs and head are also considered. Chiropractic adjustment uses controlled forces applied to specific joints or anatomic regions to cause a therapeutic response. The common principle in all chiropractic theory is that joint dysfunction affects the normal neurological balance found in healthy individuals.  Adjustments are then done to restore normal joint motion. From a chiropractic standpoint, there is no “bone out of place”. 

Signs that can suggest the need for chiropractic treatment are:

  1.  Abnormal or varied posture when standing
  2. Discomfort when saddled and/or ridden
  3. Extending head and neck or hollowed back trying to evade – stiffness in the neck and back
  4. Wringing the tail or pinning the ears
  5. Poor performance
  6. Development of abnormal behavior
  7. Facial expression of pain or apprehension
  8. Sensitivity to touch
  9. Unusual gait abnormalities – shortened stride in one or more limbs
  10. Muscle atrophy
  11. Rope walking
  12. Inability to engage hindend
  13. Inability to round the topline
  14. Inability of the rider to sit centered in the saddle

From: Willoughby, S. Equine Chiropractic Care. Port Byron, IL. Options for Animals, 1991.

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