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Dr. Maureen Sutter completed her training and certification in animal chiropractics in spring 2014. Chiropractic evaluations allow an additional tool for diagnostic and treatment options to be used in addition to traditional methods. A thorough exam and lameness evaluation should be done to determine if chiropractic may be an option. Typically, chiropractic is used for back or neck pain, poor performance, or an altered gait that is not associated with an obvious lameness. Chiropractic may be useful for muscular or skeletal conditions that are chronic or not responding to traditional veterinary care.
Chiropractic care looks at the biomechanics of the spine and its effect on the entire nervous system throughout the body. Chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine, but can be as a complementary method to provide additional diagnostics and treatment options.
Reasons your horse may benefit from chiropractic care:
- Decrease in level of performance problems
- Executing desired movement
- Short striding
- Muscle imbalance, spasms, or atrophy
- Change in behavior
- Gait problems such as cross canter, loss of collection, refusal to pick up lead
- Injuries from falls, training, or other activities
- Vertebral subluxation complexes (or subluxation) can be identified during the chiropractic examination. This subluxation is due to abnormal or restricted movement between adjacent vertebrae. This decreased mobility between vertebrae can affect the nerves leaving the spinal cord and lead to a disruption of the information to the nervous system. These subluxations can be corrected with a proper adjustment. This adjustment is a high velocity, low force movement that moves the affected joint through its normal range of motion. Each joint is evaluated and treated separately. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to return joints within the spine back to normal motion.