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Why Veterinary Chiropractic?

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Chiropractic  is the science concerned with the structure and function of the body (mainly the nervous system). Its main purpose is to optimize health based on the body's innate recuperative power and its relationship and integration with the neurological system. 

 In the late 1800’s, Daniel David Palmer, a magnetic healer, cured a man of deafness after a fall from a ladder, by manipulating a “bulge “ in his neck. In 1898, Palmer opened the first Chiropractic school with his son BJ, in Davenport, Iowa.

Chiropractic Veterinary Medicine is the recognition and restoration of normal mobility to the joints of the body in our four legged friends. 

Lack of mobility to adjacent joints are known as subluxations, which lead to various consequences. 

A Chiropractic adjustment consists of diagnosing the joint that is subluxated, usually showing heat, lack of mobility and pain. Once the joint is identified, it is adjusted using a manual thrust with high velocity and low amplitude along the physiological plane of the joint.

What does this do to the joint? 


  1. release of tissue trapped in the joint

  2. breaks apart small adhesions (scar tissue) 

  3. fires the nerve that goes from the tendon to the spine

  4. relaxes the muscle that is attached to the tendon

  5. inhibits pain

  6. improves the range of  motion and mobility of the joint and  keeps nerves firing normally, thus  preventing the degeneration of nerves

When should I seek Chiropractic Veterinary care ? 

Your pet may be a candidate for treatment based on the following physical and behavioral symptoms:

  • limping or lameness

  • digestive upset or constipation

  • arthritis

  • ear infections

  • balance issues

  • urinary issues

  • anal gland problems

  • vocalization related to pain

  • low hanging head

What can I expect after an adjustment?

Often both dogs and cats are usually tired for 24 hours.

I recommend minimal activity for 3-7 days post adjustment.

Your pet may also be a good candidate for VSMT if they are:

  • sporting dogs

  • working dogs

  • have been in an accident

How long should treatment last?

For chronic problems lasting a few months or longer, I recommend weekly treatments for 3 sessions, then a follow up treatment after a month. 

More acute problems can be treated every few days until the symptoms resolve and the patient is observed to be feeling better.

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