Can I treat a horse?
So this was the question I asked myself yesterday.......can I treat a horse? I've been treating horses for many years, but developed severe carpal tunnel in my pregnancy which got progressively worse after little Raif was born especially to my right hand (I am right handed!). I of course worked with chiropractic acupuncture, massage, splinting, ice, heat, injections and anything else I could find, but I had to accept that the only outcome for this would be surgery.......the one thing I didn't want!
I finally had carpal tunnel surgery in August, I'm not going to lie, it was horrible! I'm good with blood and gore but feeling someone playing around in my hand really turned my stomach. Since then it's been a very slow recovery and it may take up to a year to fully 'get my hand back.
At the begining of October this year I felt ready to try and treat people again.ive had to make a few modifications but on the whole if I look after myself it's been ok! Then I restarted my dog practice at the beginning of November, so far so good! BUT it was those scrummy horses that have been the biggest challenge for me! The part of my hand where the op is done is right on the part of my hand I use a lot for adjusting horses, hence the delay. It's been so disheartening telling my horse owners that I still wasn't able to do the horses. Finally yesterday I decided it was time to give it a go and find out for sure! The gorgeous Inception was my first horse patient list surgery and he was such a good boy.
It hurt quite a bit at the beginning but once I got warmed up and working it got much easier! When I finished I have to be honest I felt elated!
So the answer to the question is yes! But I'm still a work in progress and I still need to do a few more 'test' treatments before I can official!y open the diary back up! But it's progress and for that I am celebrating! Onwards and upwards for this chiropractor!