An animal chiropractor utilizes a chiropractic adjustment to treat vertebral subluxations. A subluxation is caused by a change in movement along the spine, the extremities, and all the associated joints. This change can cause a cascade of effects on the nervous, musculoskeletal and various organ systems of the body.
A chiropractic adjustment is a short lever, high velocity, low amplitude thrust directed at specific articulations. The determination of the specific articulation to adjust is determined by a thorough history, gait analysis, static and motion palpation of the spine and extremities, orthopedic as well as a complete neurologic examination.
Neck, back, leg and tail pain
Muscle spasms, nerve problems
Intervertebral disc problems
Injuries from slips falls, and accidents
Bowel, bladder and internal medicine disorders
Maintenance of joint and spinal health
The goal of chiropractic care is to allow optimal function of the nervous system to allow the body to heal and repair injuries. After initial consultation and treatment, the animal chiropractor may recheck the animal in two weeks. After re-evaluation, further treatments are scheduled based on the response to therapy. Some conditions that have been chronic (long-standing) in nature may require more attention initially than an acute injury. Most animals can be maintained with chiropractic care on a monthly to bi-monthly basis.
In order for Animal Healing Center to be compliant with California Veterinary law and ensure that our patients are getting the very best and most complete veterinary care, all chiropractic care must be under the supervision of a veterinarian. That veterinarian has to personally examine the patient and determine if chiropractic care is appropriate, and maintain a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship.
If your pet is under the supervision of another veterinarian, with your permission, we can request chiropractic approval from them on your behalf. Once we receive the signed form back in office, we will call and schedule an initial chiropractic visit. Chiropractic referrals are required to be renewed annually by the supervising veterinarian to continue treatments.
If your pet is not under the care of a veterinarian, you can make an appointment with one of our veterinarians to determine if chiropractic treatment is appropriate for your pet. If deemed appropriate, we will then schedule your pet for the initial chiropractic visit.