Chiropractic Care techniques can help with a wide range of ailments including
A cold area along the spine or your equine seems sore along the
Asymmetry, for example, a disunited canter or stiffness on one rein
Changes in behaviour or temperament
Deterioration in usual performance without any reasonable explanation
Decreased overall range of motion in gait
Insubordination when being ridden
Lameness after an injury or fall
Shortened stride in one or more legs
Stiffness when bending or in general posture
Uneven wear of shoes
Back and neck pain
Equine athletic performance often places the whole body under stress. Ligaments and muscles are under strain and the heart and lungs have to work harder than normal. The nervous system is required to work harder than normal and cells are metabolising at a faster rate.
When muscles are fatigued and joints are loaded, injury is more likely to occur. If you expect the best from your horse and wish it to perform at a consistently high level, regular treatment may be helpful to prevent injury and to maintain peak physical fitness.
But whether you are at the top of your equestrian discipline, striving to reach that spot, or simply enjoying the unique pleasure of owning, riding and developing a relationship with a horse, you will find that expert assessment and treatment by the Nandish Chiropractic team will have far reaching health and performance benefits, and will profoundly affect your horse’s gait, enthusiasm, stamina and paces.
Foals, weanlings and yearlings need to be assessed for spinal and joint misalignments. During the birthing process the spine can be injured, and research has found that 2% of foals can fracture or break a rib whilst being born. Often what appears to be conformational faults can be corrected by Chiropractic treatment within the initial stages of the growth period.
We value and honour the communication lines established between veterinarian and owner and encourage open discussion between the client's farrier and bodyworkers. It can often take a team approach to fully understand the story your animal has to tell. We embrace the team approach to equine wellness to facilitate excellence within the equine community.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can my animals benefit from animal chiropractic care? Animal chiropractic care offers a natural, drug free adjunct to your animal's total health care. In conjunction with regular veterinary care, chiropractic can decrease pain and add quality to your animal's performance, movement and well being. A simple analogy is to think of the body as a system of pulleys powered by an electric circuit that moves levers with hinges. The electric circuit being the nervous system, the pulleys being the muscles, the levers the bones and the hinges the joints.
Chiropractic care addresses problems stemming from the following systems:
The Skeletal System: Bones and joints form a flexible structure and are capable of pain free movement when in normal health and alignment
The Muscular System: Healthy muscles allow the joints to move freely. Healthy muscles are free of spasm, weakness, pain, knots, or degeneration.
The Nervous System: Nerves "direct" the functions of the body controlling the flow of communication between the brain and all areas of the body. When nerves are pinched, reduced performance levels and pain may result. This can eventually lead to a state of poor health.
2. What kinds of problems respond to animal chiropractic care? Chiropractic care is extremely helpful for animals having problems involving joints, muscles and nerves. This is because chiropractic addresses the mechanical causes of disease where the nerves are pinched by a stuck or rotated joint or a tight muscle. This is called a "subluxation" or "misalignment". A full physical examination is performed to evaluate the animal's condition(s). The appropriate treatment is given. In the week between the first and second treatment the animal's owner/trainer should monitor the animal for changes. At the second treatment tests will be performed to see if there is any measurable improvement. Following this a treatment schedule is determined based on the type and severity of your animals problem.
3. How many treatments will be needed? It is important to follow the prescribed course of treatments to allow the body to make lasting changes & allow it to reach biomechanical equilibrium. By gradually increasing the time gap between treatments as time moves along, until your animal receives visits for regular maintenance check at 5 monthly intervals, your chiropractor can help to maintain a current condition & help to prevent any subsequent problems. If the condition is chronic or severe it will require more frequent visits
4. What does a treatment consist of? Following assessment and examination, findings and treatment options will be discussed with you. The appropriate therapeutic modalities will then be utilised. These will address the whole body.
Chiropractic adjustment is defined as short lever, high velocity controlled thrust by hand or instrument that is directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations. It comprises the adjustment of vertebral joints, extremity joints, and cranial sutures
Muscle release & massage, using a variety of techniques learnt over the years
Stretching, passive and active
Cryotherapy and hydrotherapy
5. How do I gain the most from a consultation? The most important factor here is to follow the post-treatment advice given at the end of your consultation. The advice given relates to particular features of your animal’s problem and is prescribed to help you continue your animal's recovery and return to optimum fitness and health
An Initial Consultation includes taking a case history and Chiropractic examination of the animal. This includes a Postural Analysis, Vertebral Spinal Analysis, Cranial Check Extremity Static Palpation and Extremity Motion Palpation.
A Report of Findings and Road to Recovery Treatment Plan will be discussed with the owner with Chiropractic Adjustments performed.
We have flexible travel options to suit you and your animal. Please email us for further information.