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.