Having done all that, then I start my
chiropractic exam. I always start at the TMJ. The horses can get their TMJ thrown out of alignment very easily. The jaw is a long lever, and then we add the shank on your bridal, which is another lever, and then we add reigns which is a third lever, and then we have the riders arms, which is a fourth lever. So, the stresses on this TMJ go… they increase exponentially
as you go from lever, to lever. His TMJ seems to be just fine. and then I come up here between the mandible and his first cervical vertebrae and there should be an equal distance on both sides. if not then this first cervical
vertebrae has rotated one way or the other. Now, the spaces seem to be equal but I still always take them through range of motion Can you flex that way? Can I get him to bend that way? Yup. Can I get him to bend this way? Yup. Can I get him to extend, easily? Can I get him to flex easily? So, there doesn’t appear to be
any restriction and range of motion, at C-knot C-1. So, then I go from C-1 to C-2. And what I’m feeling for… is, I place my
hand in between the vertebral segments and I ask the horse to flex. and if the vertebrae are flexing correctly, that region that I have my hand on, will cave away. If I have my hand on that and I ask him to flex to me and it stays locked, that means he’s locked up in that area. Now, I’m going to check his knee. Nothing there. And then I’m going to ask for shoulder extension. What I’m watching for, is this joint right here. And I want to see decoaptation, to where he’ll show me that he can open that. Perfect. Up at your cranial cervical vertebrae he’s
not paying any attention to me. I get down here to about C-5,
I get a reaction. I get to C-6,
I get an extreme reaction. The cranial aspect of the scapula- and the Kabul aspect of the scapula. So, again that can be several things. It can be:
C-5, C-6, C-7. It can be T-1, or it can be the shoulder. So, you just start rolling them out. But, I always go right back to the top and start again- for a sense of completion. C-1, C-knot is good. C-2, C-3 is good. 3, 4. 4, 5. and down to 5, 6. and that adjusted. So, we can go back now with our needle cap. I always start at the beginning, rather than just diving
into the sore spot- because you can- you can create a sore spot anywhere
in this horse if I want. Okay? So, you have to know where he reacted before, Not so much Okay? So, then let’s go to
the cranial aspect of the shoulder. Still a little something there. Still a little something there. So, I’m going to try to dig down and get to C-7, T-1, which is the first rib. and then these dressage
horses the first rib- for many, many years we were told
as chiropractors we couldn’t get to this area. But, then I studied under a German osteopath, and he taught me how to get down here, to the first rib. And it’s just been such a, A gem in my
practice to finally be able to know that, because I don’t know how many first ribs I missed over the last decade by not knowing
how to address T-1. Okay, so we’ve cleared this area, adjusted T-1, and the shoulder reactivity seems to go away . Now, why C-7 and T-1 will manifest itself- especially in dressage horse where they have to have such gorgeous
forward phase of the stride is that, here’s your shoulder joint.
Just medial to that is C-7, and here, just medial to that, is T-1. So, if any of the medial structures are locked, it’ll manifest itself as a shoulder restriction. We can work the shoulder,
work shoulder, work the shoulder- but if we never worked
structures inside the shoulder, It’ll just keep coming back. I don’t think he has shoulder out,
But I’m going to check it anyway. Okay, again, I’m looking for decoaptation
up here in the scapula/humeral joint. Here we go Got a little licking at you. So, there was a restriction there, but I think this shoulder restriction was tied to the fixation of C-7 and C-6, and T-1. And I go back over my points- I watch their eye, to see if they’re paying any attention to me.

12 thoughts on “Neck & Shoulder Adjustment”

  1. Larry The Cable Guy:
    Her horse got a broken leg and I had to shoot it. So now it's got a broken leg and a gunshot wound.

    Larry The Cable Guy:
    I don't know what you shoot it for. I guess it helps the healing process. If it ain't better tomorrow, I'm gonna shoot it again, I'll tell you that right now.

  2. Very talented! I have worked on humans for the previous 15 years in Remedial and Chiropractic. I am currently studying Equine Science to move into working with horses. Dr Thurman you are a truly incredible woman and this clip was beautiful to watch. Thank you!

  3. I just wanted to say thank you SOO much I work with what people call "problem" horses and I always fine that they have pain I know how to relax and work the TMJ area and I have been using pressure point and massage (with treats) to earn the horses trust work out any tension as well as getting them use to being touch and knowing that they don't always have to move. I use stretches and even wraps on horses to make them more aware of their body while in motion with ground work. All that being said I have worked in High end bio research labs and am well read but I am always looking for more information and You explain this very well and show your methods I really appreciate that as chiropractors are hard to find anywhere near me. Then there is convincing the owner to take their horse. You really explain where the pain is coming from and how you treat it this has helped me work horses in a way to help relieve pain and even focus better on certain stretches Just wanted to say thanks and you got me as a subscriber 🙂

  4. She is so knowledgeable and on her game. And she is a vet. Our vets around here don't know nothing about nothing when it comes to chiro. Very few people in my area, know it and can fix it. When you find one that knows her stuff, it is such a relief!

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