“The body has the ability to heal itself […] it just needs no interference”. BJ Palmer
Chiropractic is a natural health care approach to improve health and performance. It focuses on the movement of the joints and especially the spinal column. When joints are not moving normally and freely, proper function of the nervous system is impaired and then pain occurs. This results in decreasing overall health and performance.
That loss of movement and/or mal-position of the spinal vertebrae is called a subluxation. These subluxations are corrected by chiropractors with a short, rapid and specific thrust made with their hands. The chiropractic adjustement improves flexibility, function of the nerves and muscles, restores movement and relieve pain.
Your horse may benefit from a treatment if he presents any of the following conditions:
- Decrease level of performance
- Short striding, uneven strides, toe dragging, stumbling
- Uneven shoe wear
- Behavioral changes
- Head tilt, fighting at the bit, difficulty collecting
- Cross canter, refusal to pick up a lead
- Abnormal posture; hips uneven, holding tail to one side
- Difficulty executing desired movements
- Muscle imbalance, spasms or atrophy
- Injuries resulting from falls, training, accidents
Chiropractic care does not replace veterinary medicine, but rather complements it. Dr. Dominique works with your veterinarian to provide the utmost care for your horse.
Animal chiropractic can only be done by certified chiropractor or veterinarian. After graduating from chiropractic or veterinary school, doctors can take the animal chiropractic course. Once the course is completed, they then qualify for the rigorous American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) certification exam. That exam is compulsory to be an AVCA member. It contains a written and a practical part on subjects going from animal anatomy to nervous system, gait analysis, saddle fitting, orthopaedic/neurological examination and more.
After passing that certification exam, they can then be member of the AVCA for a duration of 3 years after what they have to renew their membership by meeting the continuing education required by the association. By working with an AVCA certified animal chiropractor, you make sure that the health professional is fully certified and is up to date in his knowledge.
Dr. Dominique Cholette is proud to be an AVCA certified animal chiropractor.
(picture: Jean-Yves Caron)