Most people think that chiropractic care is only available for humans who suffer from spinal injuries and back pain. Chiropractic care can also be used on animals. Why, you ask? Like humans, animals also have a spinal cord which is protected by the spine. The spine is a framework of vertebrae, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. The nerves, which branch off of the spinal cord, transmit messages to all of the muscles, cells, and organs of the body. Just like humans, when an animal’s vertebrae becomes restricted, this can interfere with the transmission of the spinal nerves. An animal can loose its mobility resulting stiffness, tension, and pain. This will ultimately affect your animal’s well being and quality of life.
Trauma, overuse, and under use are common reasons why the vertebrae becomes restricted and the muscles and nerves become inflamed. Nerves can also become trapped and damaged. The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore mobility to the fixed verbebrae and re-store neurologic transmissions. Some chiropractors use their hands for the adjustments and some use an instrument to adjust.
I adjusted many dogs and cats in the previous practice I worked in. It was amazing to see the results in animals who had no ideal what I was doing to them. I remember seeing dogs who had been limping for months start walking normal after a few adjustments. We also had a few paralyzed dogs who were able to get their strength back in their legs and start walking again. A lot of these pet owners had thought about putting their pet down to end their suffering.
Animal chiropractic offers a non-surgical, drug-free option for correcting spinal misalignment’s in animals. If any of your pets are showing signs of back, neck pain, limping, feel free to bring them with you on your next appointment for a quick checkup.