Chiropractic for Animals

Complementary Care

First and foremost, animal chiropractic care is not intended to replace traditional veterinary medicine. Complementary care is a type of care that works with your veterinarian and certainly not instead of them. The professional animal chiropractor should seek cooperation and perhaps even permission and/or assistance from the primary care physician, the veterinarian.

What You Should Do

If you choose to add animal chiropractic to your animal's health care, it is proper to inform your veterinarian of your decision. As a professional, they may want to converse with me before and/or after treatment. Remember, your goal is to see that everyone is working together in the best interest of you and your animal(s).

How Could Chiropractic Help?

Performance animals are athletes. An athlete's performance is based on it's ability to bend, twist, turn, stretch, flex or in some way move in a very specific manner. Chiropractic's benefit is twofold. First, it works with the neurologic system to improve the communication between the brain and the body (enhancing balance and coordination amongst other things) Second, a joint that doesn't move properly won't allow the animal to flex, extend, reach or rotate the way it should and this too prevents an animal's optimum performance.

What Will The Animal Chiropractor Do?

The animal chiropractor is trained to find and correct, first and foremost, subtle spinal joint misalignment or mobility problems called subluxations that can interfere with the brain-body communication. Second, they evaluate and improve the rest of the body joints' mobility. So when you, or the animal's brain tells it's body to do something, it's body responds in the most perfect manner that it is genetically capable of responding. The chiropractor accomplishes this with an adjustment.

Tell Me More About Adjustments

First, they don't hurt the animal. Adjustments are gentle, safe, specific movements of the joints, performed sometimes by hand and sometimes with a specialized instrument. Improvement is oftentimes dramatic; however, in severe cases a series of adjustments may be necessary.

How Do I Know If My Animals Need Care

In the case of unexplained lameness (after traditional veterinary examination) an evaluation by a certified animal chiropractor would be appropriate. Performance animals that just aren't reaching their past or expected potential might be in need of chiropractic care. Pets that avoid certain postures or behaviours that they previously used. Pets that won't jump up or down from things like cars or trucks or beds or couches. Performance animals that resist certain movements or are just resistant to work. Animals that have had falls, collisions, accidents, or demonstrate gait abnormalities or an inability to stand without constant weight shifts should also be examined. Perhaps the owner just wants to insure that the animal is capable of moving in the way it's being asked or needs to move. Remember, maybe it's not that the animal won't maybe it's that he can't.

Choosing An Animal Chiropractor

The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association is THE accepted certifier of veterinarians and chiropractors who have completed more than a year of postgraduate training and successfully passed rigorous testing. I sit on the board of examiners of the A.V.C.A.. (In other words I help administer the test.) We on that board go to great effort to see that those who successfully pass the exam and are certified can truly deliver the level of care necessary to make it safe and effective for your animal. Make sure your animal chiropractor is A.V.C.A. certified.