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Stiffness, muscular tension, uneven gaits, changes in behaviour and character, pain and/or decreased performance can be the result of functional misalignments of the spine. But also true lameness, muscular atrophies, disobedience while riding or saddling, problems in bending or correct lateral movements can be symptoms for movement restrictions in horses.
In dogs stiffness, pain, problems with getting up and jumping (for example when boarding a vehicle), lameness and reluctance to move are typical symptoms as well as changes in behaviour.
With all these disorders chiropractic is a credible addition to traditional veterinary medicine. Utilizing very specific gentle manual adjustment the misalignment will be corrected. Through a high velocity - low amplitude impulse ("thrust") on the specific vertebral body or spinous process the fixation will be treated. That way not only the symptoms are treated but the causes will be effectively eliminated.
In horses as well as in small animals chiropractic can be used in a number of acute or chronic pain conditions with mechanic cause. Normally one to four treatments are enough to resolve the problem. But in chronic disorders like osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia or changes of the vertebral bodies a more frequent, continuous chiropractic therapy at intervals of 4 weeks to 6 months depending on the symptoms might be necessary.
In doing so sport and leisure horses benefit from chiropractic as much as the elderly family pet or sporty agility dog, because it is using the enhancement of the self-healing powers of the body for prophylaxis and therapy of disorders. Continuous chiropractic treatments minimise the risk of wearout or injury and maintains health and performance of the animals.