We, Aussies, have a real history with horses, don’t we? They’re as much a part of our country as the desert, kangaroos, and…chiropractors? Well, maybe the horses have been around a bit longer than chiropractors. But, speaking of horses and chiropractors, did you know that there are equine chiropractors out there that can be beneficial in rehabilitating and maintaining the health of your horse? That’s right. After a chiropractic adjustment, there can often be immediate and amazing changes in your horse, physically and visually.
Of course, those changes won’t last without an effective program of rehabilitation because the problem most horses experience is that their used to their joints and muscles being out of the alignment. The chiropractor may put the joint back into proper place, but the memory of the muscles and the habits your horse has developed to compensate will probably result in the joint returning to what it considers a ‘normal’ state. An effective program of rehabilitation will help your horse to maintain the new and proper alignment through a progressive exercise program that allows the changed muscle positions and correct movements to become habit.
The chiropractor can give you a proper plan of rehabilitation exercises and, it’ll come as no surprise that the longer your horse has been out of correct alignment, the longer the rehab period will be. Just like your own muscles, your horse’s muscles need time to develop strength, mass and flexibility. If you have ever had a broken leg or arm, then you know that the muscles of that limb atrophied and didn’t return to normal as soon as the cast was removed. In fact, it required an extended period of carefully planned physical therapy. Remember this when you plan the recovery of your horse after chiropractic treatment.
Here’s to happy, healthy trails…for you and your horse!