“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

Roger Caras

Dogs may benefit from chiropractic care - from the much loved family pet who is suffering with arthritis as he ages to the top level agility dog. With all complementary treatment of animals your vet is the one who diagnoses conditions and approves treatment.  This is a legal requirement prior to commencing care.  The following list gives you an idea of those which may be helped by chiropractic care.  Your vet and chiropractor can always discuss appropriate therapy options.  

  • Diagnosed conditions such as degenerative arthritis or spondylitis

  • Abnormal posture - e.g.: puppy sitting - adult dog sitting with legs out to one side

  • Problems or difficulty with certain movements - (climbing stairs, jumping into the car, agility obstacles)

  • Grooming problems - sensitivity to touch

  • Injuries resulting from falls, training or other activities

  • Problems eating or refusing to play with toys

  • Short striding, uneven strides, nail dragging or stumbling

  • Lick granuloma - obsessive licking which may result in sores or discolouration

  • Muscle imbalance, spasms or atrophy


"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." 

Winston Churchill

Here at Wessex Chiropractic we use traditional chiropractic adjustments alongside multiple soft tissue therapies.   As part of their standard training on the human chiropractors spend a minimum of one year (and up to four) learning a number of soft tissue therapies including myofascial release, massage and trigger point therapy.  Sally is interested in Thomas Myers's approach to fascia, TTouch, craniosacral therapy and the afferent input approach which examines the body's ability to withstand external stimuli.  Treatment is all hands-on and never involves the use of additional instruments such as mallets.  Treating a horse usually takes a good hour - they are big creatures and to assess each joint in a calm and relaxed way takes time.  


Complementary therapists are specifically NOT to diagnose conditions under the Veterinary Act - this is the job of your vet.  Your vet can then approve treatment if appropriate.  There are a number of things to look for which could indicate that your horse has a problem that chiropractic care may help with. These include: 

  • decrease in level of performance, laziness

  • Problems or difficulty executing desired movements

  • Behavioural changes (refusals, bucking, head shy)

  • Head carriage changes or fighting the bit 

  • Short striding, uneven strides, toe dragging, stumbling, forging and uneven shoe wear

  • Muscle imbalance, spasms or atrophy

  • Abnormal posture when standing, standing with hips uneven, choosing to stand on uneven ground, not squaring up when urinating, holding tail to one side

  • Gait problems, such as counter-canter, loss of collection, refusal to take a lead

  • Injuries from falls, training or other activities

  • Physical stresses due to poor conformation, various riding and training equipment fitting issues, shoeing, diet

  • Chronic disease conditions resulting in musculoskeletal compensation

Unfortunately I am only able to book your appointment once you have secured veterinary permission - I can liaise with your vet directly or you can arrange this yourself.