The Equines spine is a very complex structure providing structure, protection and attachments enabling the equine to be have proper mobility and coordination. The horse’s spine is very flexible at the back and the neck and without this flexibility the horse cannot move fluently, jump obstacles or perform optimally. If dysfunction is present in the horses spine, they may have an inability to perform properly. For example:
Dressage: misalignments in the lumbar spine have difficulty bending correctly and executing lateral movements. Further consequences include poor engagement of ind limbs and lack of suppleness.
Show Jumpers: misalignments in the lower thoracic and lumbar vertebrae have difficulties rounding their backs. They often land in cross canter and have problems changing the lead in canter.
Gaited: misalignments of the sacroiliac joints have an unleveled gait rhythm and difficulty with transitions. They also have a tendency to lean into the bit and run off. Their back may be tense, muscular atrophy may also be evident.
Endurance: misalignments in the thoracic and cervical spine often demonstrate soreness in the back an unleveled gait rhythm. Further effects are a noticeable drop in performance as well as a stiff neck.
Driving: misalignments in the thoracic and lumbar spine drop one shoulder, move on two tracks and tend to pull or show gait abnormalities.
Western: misalignments in the lumbar and sacroiliac joints have difficulty bending laterally and show single sided problems in turns and spins, as well as undefined lameness in their forelimbs.
Dr Nicolle provides Chiropractic care for the horse and rider as well. Being a Florida Licensed Chiropractor for Human and Animals enables her to assess you as a complete Team to ensure maximum performance. The dance between you and your four legged friend can be enhanced by opening the communication between your nervous system and theirs.
Thor Cold Laser Therapy, Rocktaping and Rockblading are just a couple more tools that Dr. Nicolle is certified in and offers to speed the healing process to get you and your athlete back in the arena!