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Equine Chiropractic Care Treats Abnormal Gait in Horses

Charlotte Chiropractor Dr. Darcey Walraven Ladner is an internationally certified animal Chiropractor (IVCA) with substantial experience treating horses and other animals for a variety of common health issues, including lameness and gait changes. Routine wear and tear, changes in workload, and natural stress can affect your horse’s biomechanics. Biomechanical stress on the joints may cause them to become stuck, inhibiting their normal range of motion. This is known as vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). In addition to causing added stress on the joints and muscles, VSC may also impact how the peripheral nerves communicate with the rest of your horse’s body.

Chiropractic Treatment for Horses: How Will My Horse Benefit?

Symptoms of VSC include reduced performance, abnormal posture or gait, head tossing, snapping or pinning the ears when saddles, and sensitivity to the touch. An unleveled gait or irregular gait that cannot be assigned to a particular leg may also be triggered by VSC. Stiffness when the horse leaves the stable, when the horse bends, or even is standing in a general posture may be caused by VSC. Lameness, difficulty flexing, a shortened stride in one or more legs, and difficulty flexing are associated with VSC. Keep in mind that a horse many not experience all these symptoms at the same time. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, the symptoms may be minimal; however, that does not mean your horse is “okay” or would not benefit from care. Addressing subluxations as early as possible will help to prevent additional problems.

During an equine chiropractic exam, our veterinary chiropractor will start by watching your horse walk and trot in order to determine exactly how a spinal subluxation may be affecting the gait. We follow this assessment up with a full evaluation of your horse’s muscle tone and symmetry. We evaluate the balance of the hooves, teeth and saddle. Depending on our initial findings, a full assessment may last between 45 minutes and one hour; additional assessments and treatment are closer to 30 minutes. Our goal with this assessment is to identify the root cause for your horse’s pain and take immediate steps to correct these spinal subluxations. Early intervention is critical to reduce the risk for long-term problems.

Equine chiropractic care is a holistic treatment that is not meant to replace traditional veterinary medicine, but to naturally complement veterinary care. Our veterinary chiropractor has found that equine chiropractic care is often the best remedy for back and lameness problems affecting horses that veterinary care is not otherwise able to sufficiently address. Our chiropractor Dr. Ladner frequently collaborates with local veterinarians in order to provide the best possible chiropractic treatment for horses and other animals.

A full diagnostic evaluation is the best way to determine if your horse is a good candidate for chiropractic treatment. Dr. Ladner treats horses in Charlotte, Monroe, Huntersville, Statesville, Raleigh, Banner Elk, and York. For more information, please send an email to drdarcey@omniwellnesscenter.com or TEXT 704-299-8698 

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