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Veterinary Spinal Manipulation/Animal Chiropractic

What is Animal Chiropractic?


Veterinary Chiropractic or Spinal Manipulation as a treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine; however, it can provide additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal problems as well as biomechanical related musculoskeletal disorders. Veterinary Chiropractic can often eliminate the source of acute or chronic pain syndromes.


The foundations of chiropractic philosophy are based on the intimate relationship of the spinal column to the nervous system, as well as the role of the spinal column in biomechanics and movement. Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects these disorders have on general health. The main chiropractic technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues. Further treatment includes exercises, health and lifestyle counseling.


Chiropractors believe that the spine and health are related in a fundamental way, and this relationship is mediated through the nervous system.  They emphasize conservative management without the use of medicines or surgery. Instead, Spinal manipulation, "spinal adjustment" or "chiropractic adjustment", is the most common treatment used in chiropractic care. Spinal manipulation is a passive manual maneuver during which a three-joint complex is taken past the normal range of movement, but not so far as to dislocate or damage the joint. Its defining factor is a dynamic thrust, which is a sudden force and attempts to increase a joint's range of motion.


Chiropractic care in general is safe when employed skillfully and appropriately. Spinal Manipulation is regarded as relatively safe, but as with all therapeutic interventions, complications can arise, and it has known adverse effects, risks and contraindications. Therefore, it is important that you make sure the individual performing the technique is properly trained in the diagnosis and adjusting technique.


What to expect on your first visit?


The first visit includes acquiring a history on the patient, an examination prior to the adjustment to assess posture analysis, gait analysis, palpation of the vertebrae, extremities and cranium. This allows for a diagnosis and proper course of action to proceed with adjusting vertebral subluxation complexes and future recommendations to achieve optimal health of your pet.


Veterinary Chiropractic Treatment Can Be Used For:


 Chronic musculoskeletal problems

 Acute problems such as tension or stiffness

 Prophylactic treatment to maintain fitness

 Maintain soundness in older animals

 Enhance performance ability of sport animals

 As a complementary treatment for chronic lameness such as bone spavin, navicular syndrome or tendon problems in the horse as well as arthrosis, spondylosis or tendon problems like cruciate ligament in the dog.