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.
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.
in which chiropractic manipulation may be indicated for your HORSE or PONY:
Back pain - back soreness
Aversion to saddling or girthing
Tail swishing on contact
Head shyness (headshy, head shy)
on either rein
Stiff on either rein
High head carriage
Neck stiffness (stiff neck)
Unable to bend to either side
Uneven spin turns
to either side
Refusing jumps or difficulty
Canter lead problems
Difficulty in engaging hind quarters
or unwilling to stand square
Problem with outline
Conditions in which chiropractic manipulation may be indicated for your DOG or CAT:
Tracking wrongly when trotting
Tail hangs low
Shy of contact at back
Unable to stand square
Squeaking on beginning to move
Unwilling to jump or difficulty when jumping
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,
See also: www.equineacupuncturevet.co.uk
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