Animal Chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system.
Why? Nerves control everything that happens in your animals. Anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will resonate throughout the entire body. The command centers of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord which are protected by the spine. The spine is a complex framework of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles and nerves. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, that dysfunction can interfere with the performance of the nerves that are exiting and entering the spinal cord and going to the all of the bodies muscles and organs. As this occurs, your animal can lose normal mobility; resulting in stiffness, tension, pain and even organ dysfunction. Additionally, when normal movement is affected, and left unattended, it will ultimately impact your animal’s entire well-being and quality of life.
The nervous system also coordinates the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself. Trauma, overuse, or underuse, may cause the vertebra of the spine to become fixated, and the surrounding muscles and ligaments may become compromised and inflamed. Nerves can 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, decreased performance 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 normal neurologic transmissions and patterning. This allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Animal chiropractors use their hands to identify areas of restriction and abnormal motion; and once identified, the animal chiropractor applies a precise thrust to the immobile anatomical structures. This treatment restores the normal motion of the vertebra thus restoring proper nerve firing into the central nervous system. 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 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 mechanical 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.