Equine Vertebral Realignment is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the health and proper functioning of the spinal column. It involves the bones which encase the spinal cord and includes all of the vertebrae.
The spinal column of the horse is a complex structure made up of bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves. When movement between two vertebrae is restricted, the horse will not have total flexibility of the spine. This leads to stiffness, resistance and lack of ability. When the spine is not functioning correctly in one area, stress is placed on other vertebral joints.
Misalignment also causes problems in nerves by interfering with nerve transmissions. Nerves are the communication lines of the body carrying information back and forth between the brain and the cells. Alteration to nerves can lead to problems such as pain, abnormal posture and poorly coordinated movement.
Muscle moves bone. There are times though, when bones need some encouragement to return to their place.
It is very important that the supporting soft tissues surrounding the bone requiring realignment is thoroughly worked upon prior to any adjustments.
This causes less discomfort for the horse. In addition, joints move back into place more easily and stay longer.
In order to realign the structure, hands are applied to specific bones to induce a therapeutic response by controlled thrusts.