Animal chiropractic is a field of veterinary practice that deals with the spinal column and its interaction with the nervous system. Vertebrae are manipulated by the chiropractor to move them back into their proper place.
Why is animal chiropractic helpful? How does it work?
Everything in your pet’s body is controlled by the nervous system. The brain and spinal cord are the command centers that send out “messages” to other parts of the body via the nervous system. Because the nervous system and the bones of the spinal column are so closely linked, any dysfunction in the spinal column can have detrimental effects on your pet’s mobility. By manipulating these bone structures back into place, body function can be improved and even restored.
According to the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care can help with many issues:
- Neck, back, leg, and tail pain
- Muscle spasms and nerve problems
- Injuries from slips, falls, and accidents
- Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty chewing
- Event or sports injuries
- Post-surgical care
- Bowel, bladder, and internal medicine disorders
- Maintenance of joint and spinal health
- Healing/helping with chronic internal medicine disorders
Chiropractic is helpful for not only injuries and musculoskeletal dysfunction, but it also is very effective as a proactive method of care for healthy pets! It also is very beneficial to athletic and sporting dogs to help prevent injury.
What happens during a treatment?
During your pet’s chiropractic exam, the veterinarian will use her hands to test the mobility and response of different parts of the spine. Using gentle pressure, the joint spaces can be manipulated back into their proper position. This is not painful to your dog. Depending on the severity of your pet’s problem, chiropractic exams typically last between 10-20 minutes.
How many treatments will my pet need?
The number of treatments needed will vary from pet to pet. However, pets typically benefit from an adjustment every 1-3 months.