Equine Chiropractors are very good at what they do.. separating horse owners from their money. People spend money and buy into it and project a placebo effect.
Do your research, look for actual studies, then look at the source of those studies. Last time we had this discussion someone posted "Proof" I read into it and it was written by a highschool student.
Not even the diploma mills the pass out human chiropractor credentials or the American Chiropractic Association recognize equine chiropractors.
Kinda like the equine podiatrists that are making the snake oil circuits these days.
If your horse has issues Id suggest an actual Vet.
Joe, I can't believe you're such a naysayer on this subject.
I generally agree with you BUT let me just say:
I have Level III Spondolothesis. You can Google it but:
Grade III — 51 percent to 75 percent slip
Grade IV — 76 percent to 100 percent slip
Generally, Grade I and Grade II slips do not require surgical treatment and are treated medically. Grade III and Grade IV slips might require surgery if persistent, painful, slips are present.
After seeing my X-rays, the chiropractor first refused to work on me when I went crawling into his office and was going to refer me to a top neuro-surgeon in our region. I was just about a dog's hair away from the vertebra slipping and causing me permanent paralysis; he didn't even know how I drove my car (with a clutch), then walked into his office on crutches.
According to him all of that was not possible given those X-rays. There are some things life a person is better off not knowing, I guess
You know things are bad when a chiro won't work on you -- well nevermind you don't because you think they're all snake oil.
I begged and he agreed. Within three months I went from walking with crutches to a cane, then walking into his office in flip flops.
That was two years ago and, by some miracle the lower part of my back (where there are NO discs), has fused itself. Yahoo, as far as I'm concerned his non-traditional methods (even in chiropractics) not only kept me from becoming an invalid but kept me out of surgery.
I fall under them once in awhile but I can still trim my horses, even though I did hand over the two special needs guys to an equine podiatrist. I still muck stalls, spend 2 - 4 hours at the barn every day with the horses, bush hog the pastures, mow and let's not forget the house work.
It takes me a lot longer than it used to but by d**n I'm walking upright and all thanks to that snake oil chiropractor who wanted nothing more than to take $35 a week from me.
So please with all due respect do not sit behind the keyboard and say all chiropractors are hog wash. I am living proof of the work some of them are capable of.
That being said, there is a human chiro in the next town over that I wouldn't take a lizard to; like any degreed profession, one has to know who's at the Top of their Game and who isn't