Chiropractic for Horses
Have you noticed your horse seems a little sore along their back when you brush or feel that their performance is not as good as it should be. Perhaps he is working a lot better on one reign than the other or the little rascal can turn to nip your bum when you pick out the left front foot but not the right?
Just as with humans, pain and discomfort will make your animal a little more bad tempered and irritable; it will impair their performance and restrict their potential. There are signs that may lead you to suspect something isn’t quite right but it is not always as obvious as hopping lameness. If you do suspect that something isn’t quite right you may want to have a chat with your veterinarian before you call a chiropractor to rule out a more serious cause for the problem – a good chiropractor will want your veterinarians consent before they see your animal. This is partly because it is common courtesy but also it is very helpful to us to know your pet’s medical history.
Animal chiropractic is a form of manual therapy that works on muscles and joints with the aim of restoring normal function. A chiropractor does not treat an animal instead of your vet, rather they work closely with the animal’s normal vet to complement their diagnosis and treatment plan.
What can a chiropractor treat?
Basically if we can treat it in a human we can treat it on an animal! The obvious answer is spines, pelvises and necks but there is so much more to it than that. A chiropractic examination should cover most of the joints and muscles in the animal and most chiropractors will treat what they find as they find it with an aim to improving the overall function of the animal and thus improving its performance. Be that for a gentle hack round the block, or high performance competition, what we want is for your animal to be the best that they can be.
Tamson has over 5 years’ experience as a human chiropractor having graduated from Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2011. She has been working in Cathedral Chiropractic Clinic in Truro for nearly three years, during which time she has not only treated many NHS and private patients but also achieved a lifetime ambition and graduated from the International Animal Chiropractic College (IAVC). It was animal chiropractic that first set her on the path to becoming a chiropractor as she saw how well the national hunt racehorses in the yard she worked at responded to treatment.
For advice or a consultation please call Tamson on 07757 605935 or email [email protected]