Equine Chiropractic: The Dance

May I always remember the words of Dr. Jay Komarek, my teacher and friend

I’m often asked, “How do you adjust a horse?”  My typical, smart aleck response, is, “It’s really no harder than adjusting a zebra.”

The reality is that adjusting a large animal isn’t really different than adjusting a person of any age, an English Mastiff, or a Chihuahua.  But one thing I’ve learned from a master mentor, Dr. Jay Komarek, is that the adjustment isn’t something done to the patient, it’s done with the patient.

It’s a dance requiring rapport, mutual respect, coordination, and cooperation.  Jay calls it a dance.

The art of adjusting people and animals is predicated on one’s ability to communicate.  I believe that in all dealings with both people and animals, the one who can communicate the best, wins.

In the case of chiropractic, winning means the patient/client accepting care, and then “accepting” the adjustment.

It means not only communicating, with words, what chiropractic is and what a chiropractor does, but also communicating through other senses and functions (such as touch and breath)  that which will allow the patient to relax, release inhibitions or vigilance, and allow the adjustment to take place so that the patient’s body and mind can begin to adapt, reboot, adjust, and heal.

Indeed, the adjustment is like a dance whereby both parties are present, relaxed, in tune, and working together.

The chiropractic dance is one whereby the leader, the chiropractor, analyzes the spine for areas of restricted motion, tension, and spasm, subluxation…..then the application of a force, in a calculated amplitude and line of drive, to release the tension, to remove interference to the Central Nervous System.  The dance is  a beautiful progression.

BJ Palmer, the Developer of Chiropractic, had a saying on the wall of Palmer College, “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”  

As God brings people, pets, and pasture pals into my life to care for, may I be ever mindful that the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic is a beautiful dance to share with my patients and clients, and not something I merely do to my patients.

If I may be of service to you, your family (two or four legged), please give me a call, (719) 330-2501.