It was a busy trip to Iowa for the month of February. Thanks to all the Iowa clients that braved the cold to have their horses helped. We were able to help a lot of horses move better and follow up on a Facial Nerve Paralysis case I treated last year. The most common problem found was sacroiliac or SI joint problems. It is not an uncommon problem to find since the horse is hindquarter driven. All that power of propulsion has to go through the SI joints to move the rest of the horse’s body. Some needed injecting but a lot needed chiropractic adjustments to return to normal function.
In regards to the interesting Facial Nerve Paralysis case, the horse seemed to like to run through fences. The initial trauma and facial nerve paralysis occurred about 5 months before I was able to evaluate him. Besides the previous paralysis, this trauma time he had right fore leg myopathy which responded to chiropractic therapy. The following are photos of how he initially presented for chiropractic and acupuncture treatment.
Four chiropractic treatments were made to improve the right fore leg function and five acupuncture treatments were performed over a five month period. The following photo is an example of the Electroacupuncture and the last photo is a current photo of the horse.