Friday, April 2, 2010

Finding a Good Chiropractor

A number of people mentioned in comments on yesterday's post that they are having trouble finding a chiropractor. I prefer that my chiropractor also have veterinary training, and a great place to find a vet/chiropractor is the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Their training standards are rigorous, and our vet/chiro is a member. That said, as with any listing of professionals, there are good and not so good ones in there - your horse will tell you if you've picked well. Also, of course there are good chiropractors who aren't vets, and there are lots and lots of not so good chiropractors out there. Our first chiropractor was also a vet, and did competent work and helped our horses somewhat, but he was somewhat mechanical with the horses and we like our new chiro better, and the horses LOVE her, which is what counts.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you Kate. I woke up this morning wondering how I would ever find someone as great as your Dr. Alice. Then, I saw your post and clicked your link. There are many in Pennsylvania to chose from. Pie and Sovey thank you too!

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  2. *Sigh* feel so ambivalent about the whole chiro thing... when the chiro came to see Licorice, she was in so much back pain afterward as to be unrideable for a week. So I have a personal bad experience, and I am scared to hurt my horse. But some other people say it helps their horses tremendously... Not sure if I think it's a potentially dangerous waste of money, or a potentially beneficial treatment.


    I am naturally wary of human chiropracters as well.... the thought of someone cracking my back scares the crap out of me.

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  3. I am blessed with an excellent vet who is both a chiropractor and acupuncturist. Mixing the alternative therapies with traditional medicine is an ideal combination.

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  4. Amy - I understand your issues - it's very important to find a good one and it's had to tell until you've used them. I found mine through personal referrals - that's probably the best way, and the AVCA has pretty strong standards and training, which gives me some comfort too.

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  5. I find that like me, I like a Chiro sometimes, when I know I am out and the soft tissue specialist MORE. Bones are stupid and muscle has memory.
    If I could find a specialist..I do think I would want a vet like yours...we have some folks around here, that come around..charging absorbent prices and keep you in the dark about what is what.
    Dr. Alice sounds great..she has a talent and good rapport with the horses!Dawn is so funny!

    My horse therapist just got a Thermography machine... we have an apt in a few weeks..I will ride up and get off, she will look at my saddle heat image and then Wa's back -to see where I sit in the saddle more and also where the saddle is maybe not right. I have white hairs again...and this saddle fit perfectly before. Arg!
    KK

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  6. Just looked at your link...found one DVM in Portland..Thanks, may try.
    KK

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