Horse Chiropractic Services
EquiFitness offers other therapeutic services for the equine athlete, including a trained and knowledgeable equine chiropractor. Dr. Karly Newbern, an experienced rider, is a licensed chiropractor, with a growing practice for people in College Station, Texas. She brings her medical and equine expertise to EquiFitness Rehabilitation Center to adjust and heal her equine patients.
What Is Equine Chiropractic?
"Equine Chiropractic" is as old as "Human Chiropractic", and dates back to the early 1900's. The basic chiropractic principles which apply to humans may be applied to animals in a similar manner.
Equine Chiropractic deals with the musculo-skeletal system, primarily the spine, and the relationship of the spine with the nervous system. The bones of the spine and joints are maintained in a specific alignment, allowing the nerves which surround each joint and vertebral articulation to be in constant communication with the central nervous system, brain and organs. When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a subluxation. Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints and even distant organs, glands and body functions resulting in dysfunction of the nervous system.
To correct the subluxation a chiropractic adjustment is used. A horse chiropractic adjustment is defined as a high velocity, low force adjustment with a specific line of correction aimed to correct joint misalignments.
Indications for Chiropractic Care
*Reduction in range of motion
*Muscle imbalance, spasms, or atrophy.
*Problems or difficulty executing desired movements
*Decrease in level of performance
*Behavioral changes(i.e. refusals, cinchy, bucking)
*Gait problems, such as cross canter, loss of collection, refusal to pick-up lead
* Injuries resulting from falls, training, or other activities.
* Maintenance of joint and Spinal Health
Animal Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to enhance the quality of life for your pet. Proper alignment of the spine is necessary for optimal performance of the nervous system.
Whenever considering Equine Chiropractic Care for your horse, it is important that you first discuss the appropriateness of this type of care with your Veterinarian. If your Veterinarian examines your horse and feels Chiropractic Care is appropriate, Dr. Newbern is available to assist in a healing solution.