At this time of year many people are regularly competing their horses. But would we all notice if our horse was uncomfortable? Maybe he is not moving quite as well as usual in the dressage or hitting fences or running out when jumping. He may be just feeling the ground, but what if something was actually hurting?
By asking a Mc Timoney Chiropractor to check for areas of pain, musculoskeletal restriction or muscle tension ensures that your horse is kept as comfortable as possible. This gives your horse the chance to perform to the best of his ability whatever your chosen discipline. However, chiropractic is not just used for competition horses, family ponies and retired horses are quite capable of injuring themselves too.
Horses are often treated before they are turned away on their summer holidays. This way they can enjoy their well earned rest without pain. Brood mares also often benefit from chiropractic before foaling. This can reduce complications whilst in labour. We always try to check the new foals as soon as possible, particularly if the are any limb deformities which may cause compensatory pain in other areas.
Many people who spend time with horses have aches and pains themselves. These may be from previous falls and injuries or hard physical work. It is equally important for the rider to be as free as possible from pain or stiffness as this often affects the way your horse moves and behaves. When a Mc Timoney chiropractor comes to treat your horses, riders and owners have the perfect opportunity to ensure that your pain is not making your horse sore- or vice versa.
Why not ask your chiropractor to do a free ‘Spine Check’ assessment on you when your horse is treated and discuss what they find. It is a legal requirement in the UK that all Chiropractors have to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council so please make sure the person that you choose is properly regulated and insured.
Please check on the GCC website GCC.co.uk. If they are not registered, they are not a chiropractor and therefore not permitted by law to treat you.