What to Expect from an Equine Chiropractic Appointment

How to prepare for your horse’s chiropractic adjustment and what to do after it’s complete. Learn more in this article from The Horse‘s 2024 Preventive Care issue.

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Chiropractic care can help restore movement in the spine and other joints. | Courtesy Dr. Grace Buchanan

Did you know chiropractic care can help more than just your horse’s sore back? Researchers have proven that chiropractic care improves brain and urinary function, digestive issues, anxiety, and headaches in humans. Nobel prize winner Roger Sperry found that 90% of the brain’s nutrition and stimulation come from movement of the spine.

Chiropractic is health care that focuses on the spine and nervous system. It helps the body heal by restoring movement in the spine and other joints, allowing the body to function more efficiently. Chiropractic has the potential to improve not only equine musculoskeletal health but also digestive, brain, and immune system function due to the relationship between the spine and internal organs.

What to Expect at Your Equine Chiropractic Appointment

An equine chiropractic appointment first involves collecting pertinent history on the horse

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Grace Buchanan, DVM, CVA, CVC, graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She spent the first several years of her career working with Thoroughbred racehorses in Florida. She owns Hunt Country Equine, in Western North Carolina, where she focuses on sports medicine, chiropractic care, and acupuncture in English sport horses and pleasure horses.

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