Frequently asked questions and misconceptions
How do you put the pelvis 'back in'?!
CHIROPRACTORS DO NOT TREAT BONES OUT OF PLACE!!! They treat a reduction in movement which results in stimulation of the nervous system. The pelvis isn't ever 'out' and we don't put it in anywhere!!!
Are you strong enough to move the horse's spine?
Yes! The technique is very specific and you examine each joint individually - some of them are very small. When examined correctly very little force is needed to move the joints.
Is Chiropractic or acupuncture dangerous?
As with everything there is always a risk! All medicines, veterinary techniques, farriery etc carry some form of risk. However, when properly carried out chiropractic and acupuncture carry minimal risks. The chiropractic technique Annie uses is specific to each joint requiring an intimate knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. It is gentle and does not involve the use of long levers (moving several joints or the whole leg at once) so is very safe. Acupuncture needles are tiny and rarely cause a problem if they are positioned in the correct place (again requiring intimate knowledge of anatomy).
Will my horse like it?
Most horses settle very well during the treatment, even if they are usually very highly strung. If they are not well handled or really don't settle then a small amount of sedation can be used if required.
Will it work?
If the horse has a spinal fixation then chiropractic treatment should be very effective. Both chiropractic and acupuncture work very well on nervous system conditions and can increase blood flow to areas of the body that are treated. However it is difficult to know how the animal will respond until after the first 1-2 treatments. This is why each case is treated as an individual and must have a thorough clinical examination before any treatment is started. If the horse has other underlying issues such as lameness then any fixatioins treated will tend to come back quite quickly as the horse is using them to compensate for pain elsewhere.
I have a big competition tomorrow- can you treat my horse today to make sure he is at his best?!
The nervous system needs time to respond to the treatments, so it is optimal to treat the horse 5-7 days before a competition. Rarely it may done closer if the horse has had the treatment before and we know he does not get sore or tired the following day, although the owner must accept there is a risk this may happen. If the horse has chronic problems or has not been seen before then you should allow at least 2 weeks before a competition.
Do I have to come for a follow up treatment?
This is totally at the owners discretion. In an ideal world it is 'best practise' to re-examine the patient 3-4 weeks after the first treatment to ensure all the adjustments made to the spine have 'held', and to ensure there is no lameness that was underlying. However, most horses go so well following treatment that many owners are happy with just the one treatment and would rather have a routine re-visit in 6-12 months time. Many owners are very perceptive and can tell if the horse becomes uncomfortable again. However ideally a full examination would treat these animals before pain developed clinically- prevention is better than cure!