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’ body. Anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will resonate throughout the entire body. The brain and spinal cord are the command centers of the nervous system. The spine contains and protects the spinal cord. The spine is a complex framework of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles and nerves. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of the nerves that are branching off of the spinal cord. These nerves leave the spinal cord and go to the all of the muscles and organs. When interference occurs, your animal can lose normal mobility; resulting in stiffness, tension, pain and even organ dysfunction. When normal movement is affected, and left unaddressed, it will ultimately impact your animal’s wellbeing 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 fixed, and the surrounding muscles and ligaments may become compromised and inflamed. Nerves can become trapped in these damaged tissues, or in the passages from which exit the spine. Their signals become unable to adequately reach their destinations. 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.
The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to the compromised vertebra in an effort to re-establish neurologic transmissions. This allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Doctors certified in animal chiropractic use their hands to identify areas of restricted movement. Once restriction in identified, the animal chiropractor applies a precise low amplitude-high velocity thrust called adjustments, on the immobile anatomical structures. Adjustments help to restore the normal motion of the vertebra thus removing neurological interference promoting healing from within.
It is important to note that 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. 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!