What is an equine chiropractic treatment?
Dr. Bye looks for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities, which have an effect on the nervous system and the entire body, with the goal of restoring proper movement of the affected joints so the nervous system and body can function at its maximum healthy potential.
Why is the nervous system important?
Nerves control every aspect of your horse, from pain receptors to muscles to organs. While the brain is the headquarters, the spinal cord is the main highway for the nervous system and sends branches out to all areas of the body. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae of the spine, which form moveable joints allowing the spine to flex and extend. When a vertebra is not moving normally, inflammation builds up around the nerves at that position and results in pain or downstream dysfunction. The nervous system also coordinates the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself. When nerve signals become unable to adequately reach their destinations, the impaired structures lose their ability to heal. This can directly and dramatically impact your horse’s health.
Why choose chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care aims to maintain normal function of the nervous system. By ensuring that your horse’s spine is in proper alignment and has proper mobility, the nervous system is able to communicate normally, and function more optimally. This, in turn, relieves pain, reestablishes homeostasis, and helps the body heal itself. Chiropractic is not meant to replace traditional veterinary care. It is not an alternative treatment, but rather an integrative method that, when used in conjunction with good traditional veterinary care, will provide years of happy and healthy living for your horse.
The following are just a few of the reasons to choose chiropractic care for your horse:
- Preventative care to help maintain peak performance and overall health
- Lameness, poor performance
- Geriatric horses
- Behavior or mood changes
- Chronic health problems that do not resolve as expected
- Neurological conditions
- Colic, diarrhea, and other GI disorders
- Allergies and skin conditions
What to expect during my horse’s chiropractic exam and adjustment...
Dr. Bye’s chiropractic exam includes an evaluation of the horse’s medical history, intended use/athleticism, health state, and a static and motion exam to identify misalignments and fixations of the spine, also known as subluxations. Dr. Bye uses hand thrusts directed at a specific articulation to correct the subluxations. Many horses will show immediate improvement after the adjustment. Horses with chronic problems and athletic horses often require regular adjustments to help them stay healthy and perform at their best. Each horse is unique in how long it holds its adjustment, and Dr. Bye will work directly with you and your horse to create an appropriate schedule.
Please call our office to set up your horse’s chiropractic appointment with Dr. Bye today.
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