Del Oeste’s Equine Chiropractic services focus on the preservation of the health of the neuromuscular system. Preserving normal movement positively impacts your horse’s overall well-being and quality of life by preventing stiffness, tension, pain, and even organ dysfunction.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore normal neuromuscular function, allowing your horse to perform at its optimal potential. This is accomplished by identifying areas of restriction in the spine and applying a very precise thrust at the location of the restricted joint. By restoring normal motion of the joint, it allows the nervous system to function optimally and allows the body to heal itself.
Which horses benefit from chiropractic therapy?
Healthy and athletic animals are the ideal candidates for chiropractic therapy. Maintaining proper structural alignment permits proper biomechanical function and improved overall performance.
Chiropractic treatment also benefits horses suffering from pain, reduced performance, abnormal gait or lameness, behavioral abnormalities, changes in posture, or resistance to being ridden. Chiropractic treatment is not a replacement for veterinary care but is instead a conjunctive treatment to improve your horse’s overall health and quality of life.
What to expect
During your horse’s chiropractic appointment, you can expect a full physical exam including posture and gait analysis. Following the analysis, static palpation of your horse’s spine will be performed to check for alterations in spinal temperature, muscle tension, and general musculoskeletal abnormalities. Finally, each joint will be evaluated, and restrictions adjusted using one or more very specific thrusts. Following completion of treatment, we will develop an individualized treatment plan for your horse. This plan will include aftercare, exercises you can perform at home, as well as follow up treatment.
Chiropractic therapy can benefit:
- Healthy, athletic horses
- Working horses
- Horses suffering from pain
- Reduced performance
- Abnormal gait or lameness
- Behavioral abnormalities
- Posture changes
- Resistance to being ridden
Dr. Beyerlein is certified in animal chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). She successfully completed a 5-month training course at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in February 2018. Please contact us to schedule your horse’s chiropractic exam.