Equine chiropractic manipulations and adjustments can be useful in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. Spinal manipulation is also an effective preventative against musculoskeletal injuries. Keeping muscles, tendons and ligaments free of restrictions keeps the surrounding joints properly aligned and fully functional. Functional joints allow for a full range of motion, keeping the surrounding cartilage, muscles and nerves healthy. A restricted joint can cause abnormal mobility, leading to muscle tension and pain, which can weaken muscles over time and lead to poor performance and reduced function.
The goal of spinal manipulation is to keep the body free of restrictions, allowing the horse to perform up to its greatest potential. Restrictions are identified in a thorough exam, and released with specific techniques. One of the main goals of regular treatments is to maintain normal biomechanics, preventing conditions from progressing to a point that they require conventional medical care. Clients with performance horses find that regular chiropractic therapy allows them to train and compete with fewer set-backs and injuries.
• Signs that your horse may benefit from an adjustment include:
• Decreased performance
• Stiffness, or unwillingness to move freely
• Resentment towards being saddled or girthed
• Sensitivity to touch or grooming
• Sudden changes in performance, such as running out at jumps, bucking under saddle, or gait changes
• Poor topline, or poor muscling despite an appropriate exercise and feeding program
Dr. Bailey Feinberg has been a member of the TAH veterinary team since 2016. She is a graduate of the Equine Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute in Reddick, FL, and is certified as an Equine Medical Manipulation Practitioner. Certification is only available to veterinarians, and incorporates our extensive veterinary training with innovative ways to maintain soundness and comfort in our equine patients. To make an appointment for an evaluation, please call us at 229-226-4561, ext 2.