….chiropractors that use chiropractic techniques on animals!!
Today, more people recognize that loving and caring for their pets extends beyond providing food and shelter. Quality pet healthcare is no longer limited to spaying and immunizations. With the emerging field of Animal Chiropractic, people are appreciating new ways for their pets to achieve and maintain optimal health. Animal Chiropractic offers non-surgical, drug-free options for correcting bone, disc, and soft-tissue disorders related to improper spinal configuration and movement.
Animal chiropractors provide spinal care, manual therapy and other “holistic” treatment techniques for animals. Traditionally, with traditional, evidence-based veterinary care, the use of chiropractic care has primarily been used for common neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Today animal chiropractic is used to enhance performance, function and quality of life.
The animal chiropractor looks for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities which have an effect on the nervous system and the entire body.
Adjusting, stretching, manipulating, releasing, compressing or treating an animal, is somewhat similar to being cared for by a human chiropractor in that once they find an area that has either decreased or restricted motion, the animal chiropractor can apply a high force, low amplitude thrust specific to the anatomy of the joint thereby restoring normal movement. The adjustment has little or no pain and most animals enjoy being adjusted.
Chiropractic treatment of large animals dates back to the early 1900’s and is common in dogs and popular in horses. Chiropractic has become a main stream topic of presentations given at veterinary conferences around the world.
The nervous system also coordinates the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself. Trauma, overuse, or under use, may cause the vertebra of the spine to become fixed, and the surrounding muscles and ligaments may become compromised and inflamed. Nerves could become trapped in these damaged tissues, or in the passages they use to exit the spine. Their signals become unable to adequately reach their destinations. When they don’t, these impaired structures lose their ability to heal. This can directly and dramatically impact your animal’s health.
Symptoms of spinal fixation are vast, and may include pain, spasm, sensitivity to touch, lameness, gait abnormalities and postural compromise. These are the symptoms that are the easiest to detect.
The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to the compromised vertebra in an effort to re-establish neurological transmissions. This allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. These doctors use their hands to identify areas of restriction; and once identified, the animal chiropractor applies a precise thrust on the immobile anatomical structures. This treatment restores the normal motion of the vertebra thus removing neurological interference. When the nerves can efficiently communicate with all the structures in your animals’ bodies, they will begin to heal from within.
Animal Chiropractic is not meant to replace traditional veterinary care. It is not an alternative treatment, but rather an integrative (mixed) method that when used in conjunction with good traditional veterinary care, will provide years of happy and healthy living. This is the beginning of a more modern, comprehensive approach to your animal’s healthcare. It is an effective and valuable means of restoring and maintaining their strength, vigor and well-being. And by exploring and treating the root causes of your animal’s aches, pains and illnesses, will ensure maximum improvement, top performance and an exceptional quality of life for the animal companions we love.