Animal Chiropractic and Acupuncture - Really?
Whenever I meet people and tell them what I do, there is often a pause, then a comment similar to “I didn’t know there were animal chiropractors”. The next bit of conversation is often, “What do you treat?”.
What do I treat?
I treat the four legged members of your family; dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. They can benefit from proper care even if they are not showing the signs of anything being wrong. It is caring to be proactive in managing their problems before they start to limp, change their posture, or become weak. Good diet, proper exercise, tailored veterinary care, and chiropractic care are all part of the wellness care we want for your pet.
Once they become symptomatic, the most common issues include limping, weakness, altered posture, inflammation, stiffness, muscle spasm, muscle loss, toe dragging, poor coordination, incontinence, inability to settle/pacing, increased panting, decreased desired to walk, run, and jump, and hot spots.
All of these problems can be from pinched nerves from a combination of spinal misalignment, inflammation, often with IVDD (intervertebral disc disease/herniation) or spondylosis (arthritic changes) or from pain causing an overstimulation of the nervous system.
A thorough history, postural and gait assessment, orthopedic and neurological testing, and palpation guide me to the specific problems with your pet. I explain what is wrong and right with your family member, propose a care plan. The care plan will vary by what is wrong and may include spinal adjustments, acupuncture, rehabilitation exercises, exercise prescription, and coordination of care with your veterinarian.