Indications shown by the horse that there is a problem or an injury that may need treatment by a chiropractor include:
What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a therapist who manipulates the spine and joints of the body in order to realign the skeletal frame and to relieve associated muscle spasm.
Chiropractic treatment helps to both restore and maintain health, soundness and performance and works holistically to eliminate the cause of a problem, not just to treat the symptoms
There are several schools of chiropractic which train students to treat people, but the McTimoney Chiropractic College also teaches a postgraduate course in Animal Manipulation.
All their practitioners will seek veterinary approval before they commence chiropractic treatment on any animal
What is the difference between physio/equine sports massage and McTimoney Chiropractic?
McTimoney Chiropractic is a technique used to manipulate misaligned joints throughout the whole body, but particularly in the spine and pelvis, which produces an effect at that joint and to any muscles, which are attached to that area.
It is used in the treatment of “back problems” and associated injuries, such as sacroiliac strain and some lameness in horses.
Both physio for horses and equine massage are treatments which are used to treat muscle and tendon injuries as well as back problems in horses.
Physios will use a variety of machines, ranging from ultrasound, magnetopulse and laser treatment, to aid in the recovery oftorn muscles or strained ligaments, and to prevent muscle atrophy following an injury.
Some physios will also use manipulation of the joints and massage techniques as a part of their treatment. A therapist specialising in equine massage uses massage to increase circulation, enhance muscle tone and relax muscle spasm thereby increasing the level of performance.
In the event of injury, massage can be used to aid recovery and to prevent muscle atrophy due to the animal compensating in its movement while injured. It can also be used as a preventative treatment to release general muscle tension and to aid mental relaxation in the horse.
What can be done to prevent problems occurring in horses?
REPRODUCED BY KIND PERMISSION OF MCTIMONEY CHIROPRACTOR DIANNE BRADSHAW BSC (HONS) MC, AMC, MMCA For more information on natural animal care and treatments click here to visit www.natural-animal-health.co.uk