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"I cannot stress enough how these adjustments have helped all of our horses and I would suggest that you give Kendra a call..."

~ Mark Owen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To test your horse yourself

The only way that that you will truly know if your horse has a subluxation in its spine is to have it examined by a certified chiropractor. However, there are a few thing that you can do before and after a ride that may give you an indication that your equine companion would benefit from chiropractic care.

Watch your horse as it turns its head to eat a treat held at the shoulder or bite that fly which is buzzing around. There should be no tilt in the head as your horse turns to reach back. Many horses will back in order to try and get a treat; others will twist their head around and grab the treat with a sideways maneuver. Another exercise that will give you a lot of information about your horse’s spine is a butt tuck. In order for the horse to be able to correctly do this exercise, the thoracic and lumbar spine must be freely moving as well as the sacroiliac joints and the gluteal muscles.

 

Animal Chiropractic

Why Pick Get-Inline Chiropractic -- an AVCA Certified Animal Chiropractor?

AVCAThe purpose of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association is to provide public educational, social, credentialing, and professional services to the animal chiropractic community and the community at large. Firstly the AVCA promotes the science, art, and philosophy of animal chiropractic while it creates and maintains informative and courteous relations between chiropractic and veterinary fields.  This is done by developing and promoting a standard of education in animal chiropractic by means of an accreditation program for institutions offering animal chiropractic programs. 

A big problem in animal chiropractic care is unqualified people tarnishing the reputation of qualified and knowledgeable American Veterinary Chiropractic Association certified animal chiropractors.  The AVCA believes that neither Doctors of Chiropractic nor Doctors of Veterinary Medicine are prepared to adjust animals when they receive their doctorate degrees.  Furthermore, lay people are not even qualified to receive the postgraduate education. 

Through the AVCA certified animal chiropractic courses, doctors undergo a minimum of over 200 hours of study and pass rigorous examinations.  Veterinarians study the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic while learning the basics of adjusting.  Chiropractors learn animal anatomy, physiology and pathology.  Both are trained in motion palpation, static palpation, gait analysis, biomechanics, and specific adjusting techniques developed for animals.  General knowledge and adjusting techniques are taught and tested with both dogs and horses.

Get In-Line Chiropractic is proud and dedicated to be an AVCA certified animal chiropractor.

What is chiropractic care for animals all about?

Like human chiropractic, animal chiropractic care also deals with the nervous system and its surroundings, the skull and spinal column.   The focus is on the spinal column because the spinal cord carries the nerves that are distributed to every organ and tissue of the body.  These nerves exit the spinal column between the bones of the spine called vertebrae.  When certain joints or tissues are injured and heal improperly, the biomechanics become distorted.  This causes nerve receptors at the injury site to send out inappropriate and conflicting information to the brain and the rest of the nervous system.  With this improper information feeding back to the brain, more distorted information is sent back out to the body (garbage in = garbage out). 

Think of trying to figure out a solution to a math problem with the wrong numbers in the equation.  Even with the right equation, you can’t get the right answer.

Where does veterinary medicine fit in?

Keep in mind, chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine but works very well in conjunction with it.  When a joint is subluxated it loses motion and sometimes position as well.  The chiropractic adjustment is aimed at correcting the subluxation by restoring motion and proper alignment to the vertebral segment complex.  In this way, the body can return to its proper working order.  This is how chiropractic works to eliminate the cause of the problem and not just simply treat the symptoms.

What does chiropractic address?

The science of chiropractic care has discovered throughout the last one hundred years that a misalignment or lack of motion of joints (“subluxations”),  especially of the vertebrae, adversely alters nerve function from and around those areas.  Altered nerve impulses leaving the spinal column can affect the function of organs and tissues supplied by that nerve.  This altered function can lead to pain, disease, fatigue, muscle weakness, poor balance, immune suppression, etc. 

What do I look for in my horse/dog?

The symptoms of a subluxation range from very mild to severe. The most common of which is PAIN.  Animals in pain will compensate in gait or posture and often refuse to perform certain tasks. The following is a list of symptoms that may indicate pain from the presence of subluxation:

  1. Short striding
  2. Behavioral changes
  3. Loss of, or decrease in level of performance
  4. Diagnosed conditions, such as degenerative arthritis
  5. Problems or difficulty executing desired movements
  6. Muscle imbalance, spasms, or atrophy
  7. Gait problems, such as cross-canter, loss of collection, refusal to pick-up lead
  8. Injuries resulting from falls, training, or other activities

What should I expect to happen during a visit?

Initially, a complete chiropractic examination is performed.  This typically includes a case history, including any previous veterinary work performed, posture analysis, gait analysis, static and motion palpation of the spine and its joints, muscle palpation, and checking for any changes in temperature over the spine.

Once the initial examination has been completed, the animal chiropractor will perform an adjustment on the area of the spine affected, so as to return the joints to normal motion, and to alleviate any muscle spasms and pain.  A chiropractic adjustment is a very specific, high velocity, low force, controlled thrust by a hand, which is directed in a specific direction on a specific joint.