Animal chiropractic care is a field of medicine that involves the preservation of the neurologic and musculoskeletal system of animals. During an exam, each vertebra is assessed for its appropriate range of motion, or its ability to move. If the joint does not move appropriately, we describe that joint as being restricted. Restricted joints lead to inflammation in the surrounding tissues.
The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to return a joint to its optimal range of motion to re-establish neuromuscular transmissions from the spinal cord. This adjustment alleviates inflammation within the spine, spinal nerves, and muscles which could otherwise impede proper nerve conduction. A chiropractic adjustment is achieved by manually applying a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust in the plane of motion of the joint to stimulate certain nerve receptors that then feed back to the muscles to correct the motion of that joint and associated musculature.
Animals can benefit greatly from spinal adjustments which reduce pain or discomfort associated with certain medical conditions such as temporo-mandibular joint pain (TMJ), mild lameness or as an adjunct to traditional lameness treatments and mild neurologic disfunction. It can also be used to help speed healing of an injury, or used to maintain wellness within your animal. “Animal chiropractic is not meant to replace traditional veterinary care. [It is an] integrative method that when used in conjunction with good traditional veterinary care, will provide years of happy and healthy living. It is an effective and valuable means of restoring and maintaining an animals strength, vigor and wellbeing.” Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic