Veterinary chiropractic care is a manual, integrative therapy, which can be used for many health and performance problems.
Chiropractic’s focus on the abnormal movements of the spine and the effects these restrictions have on the body’s entire nervous system.
The spine is a very complex structure composed of bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves. It’s the body’s main framework, which extends from the skull to the tail. It is where the body’s extremities attach. The spine also encloses and protects the spinal cord.
All animals can benefit from chiropractic care. There are always joints in the body, which for some reason, are not moving to their full potential. Spinal manipulation helps to restore normal motion to these joints allowing the body to have improved motion, neuromusculoskeletal function and aid in the ability to heal itself.
Your pet or horse may benefit from chiropractic care if he/she exhibits any signs of the following:
Injuries resulting from falls or other athletic activities
Acute or chronic pain of the neck, back or limbs
Decrease in level of performance
Abnormal posture when standing, uneven hips or holding tail to one side
Short/uneven strides, dragging feet, stumbling or lameness
Diagnosed conditions, such as degenerative arthritis
Muscle spasms or atrophy, hypersensitivity to touch and/or tight muscles
Shaking of head, constant ear problems, allergies
Head carriage or fighting bit (horses)
Veterinary spinal manipulation is the science, art and philosophy concerned with good health through restoration and maintenance of a properly functioning neuromusculoskeletal system, without the use of drugs or surgery.
Veterinary spinal manipulation treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine. However, it can provide additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal problems as well as biomechanical related musculoskeletal disorders.
A VSC or “subluxation” is a functional misalignment of the vertebrae causing a loss of normal movement of the spine. This occurs when one or more bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
As with any medical profession, the primary goal is simply the preservation of life and the promotion of good health. This is the same for chiropractic care.
More specifically, the goal of chiropractic care is to correct irregularities in the musculoskeletal system (mostly focusing on the spinal columns and joints) with manually applied pressure into the targeted areas.