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Chiropractic (deriv.)
Chiropractic manipulation for horses, ponies, dogs, cats and other animals
 
Indications and outcome

Canine Chiropractic
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Running straight

Equine Chiropractic
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grazing is good exercise for the neck

Back problems can be fundamentally disabling. Spinal misalignment gives rise to a 'bad back', back pain or neck pain, muscle spasm, nerve impingement, limb malfunction and bodily imbalance. Wrong alignment causes wrong posture and stance, wrong movement and, therefore, uneven stresses and strains upon the limbs and upon the rest of the musculo-skeletal system.

If a sporting animal performs well with such problems, think how much better the performance will be when pain and malfunction are taken out of the equation. If, on the other hand, an animal moves badly or does not perform well when in such difficulties, where's the surprise?

Correct alignment gives rise to balanced movement and exercise becomes therapeutic. Incorrect alignment gives rise to unbalanced movement, uneven stresses and strains, physical trauma with every movement and exercise becomes damaging. There is increased risk of further injury. This is a powerful reason to achieve correct alignment, posture and gait.

Most cases of horses showing a locking patella (locking stifle) will also show pelvic misalignment of that same side. Correction of the pelvic alignment will usually correct the locking stifle, suggesting that the misalignment may be the cause of the patella problem. It is not too much of a stretch of the imagination to visualise how pelvic misalignment might lead to a subtle change in the direction of pull of the massive thigh muscles of the horse and incorrect femoro-tibial alignment, resulting in incorrect patellar movement and function.

Almost invariably, a horse suffering tendon injury will be found to have pelvic misalignment, possibly as a predisposing factor. Animals with lameness or injury will often have consequent misalignment, which gives rise to further damage. This can very easily become a 'vicious spiral'. Chiropractic-type manipulation is a possible way out of such a pattern of deepening disorder.

Pelvic misalignment causes back pain. It will also cause a patient to 'track' wrongly (i.e. the hind legs do not follow the same track as the front legs) and such a patient often finds it difficult to stand 'square'. These visible problems alter with correct alignment.

Most dogs with cruciate ligament injury will also have pelvic misalignment, possibly both resulting from the problem and contributing to the problem.

It is not uncommon for cats to be described as 'not right', while nobody at home or at the vets can identify a problem. Performing a basic chiropractic check for a back problem and applying any necessary manipulation can often resolve such a non-specific ailment.

Conditions in which chiropractic manipulation may be indicated for your HORSE or PONY:
Lameness
Back pain - back soreness
Shoulder pain
Sore wither
Aversion to saddling or girthing
Tail swishing on contact
Head shyness (headshy, head shy)
Tracking wrongly
Uneven on either rein
Stiff on either rein
High head carriage
Neck stiffness (stiff neck)
Neck injury
Back injury
Unable to bend to either side
Uneven spin turns
Tail held to either side
Canter disunited
Refusing jumps or difficulty jumping
Canter lead problems
Bucking
Rearing
Difficulty in engaging hind quarters
Unable or unwilling to stand square
Dipped back
Cold back
Problem with outline
Uneven muscling

Conditions in which chiropractic manipulation may be indicated for your DOG or CAT:
Lameness
Back pain
Shoulder pain
Tracking wrongly when trotting
Stiff neck
Neck injury
Back injury
Tail hangs low
Shy of contact at back end
Unable to stand square
Squeaking on beginning to move
Unwilling to jump or difficulty when jumping
Uneven muscling
Tired posture
Temperament change

We have consistently found, over more than 28 years of monitoring, that patients (whatever species) will derive much more benefit from their acupuncture treatment, when given a full chiropractic check, back treatment (manipulation), along with the acupuncture. This should not be over-surprising, in view of the fact that the Ancient Chinese used to perform spinal manipulation, alongside acupuncture.

See also: www.equineacupuncturevet.co.uk
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For any queries, please contact:

Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre
Chinham House
Stanford in the Vale
Oxon SN7 8NQ
UK

01367 710324
(Fax 01367 718243)

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