Veterinary Chiropractic is a manual therapy, which can be used for many health and performance problems. It focuses on the biomechanical dysfunction of the spine and its effect on the entire nervous system throughout the body.
International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) defines Veterinary Chiropractic as “the science, art and philosophy concerned with good health through restoration and maintenance of a properly functioning neuromusculoskeletal system, without the use of drugs or surgery.”
Most people associate Chiropractic care only with back problems, and that is a misconception. Chiropractic deals with the Central Nervous System, which is located inside the spinal column. The spinal cord carries nerves that go to every organ in the body. These nerves exit the spinal column through areas between vertebrae. Adequate transmissions are vital to the proper functioning of the entire body. When vertebrae are misaligned, even very slightly, they affect the nerves and the flow of nerve transmissions. Chiropractors call these small misalignments “subluxations”.
The purpose of a Chiropractic adjustment is to correct the subluxation and restore proper functioning to the Central Nervous System. Chiropractic works to eliminate the cause of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.
Chiropractic is a well-established health care system that has been practiced for over a century, offers our animal companions the same benefits of increased flexibility, enhanced quality of life, and improved health status. As more and more people discover this drug-free method of healing and disease prevention, more horse owners are requesting this form of healing be practiced upon their horses.
Chiropractic has been practiced on animals for decades, but only recently have formal training courses for veterinarians and human chiropractors. The International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) has been established to promote this treatment on animal patients. In Europe mostly animal chiropractors are veterinarians.
However, some veterinarians and horse owners still reject chiropractic as a form of treatment. It does not surprise me! There are many people out there calling themselves a variety of “backmans”, “manipulators” or even “chiropractors” without the appropriate knowledge or qualification.
Please, BE AWARE of this and do not put your horse in risk or in unsafe hands.