Chiropractic for your pets
So why would your furry companion need to be adjusted? Chiropractic is not just for humans- it's for everyone that has a spine! Both humans and animals can experience increased expression of life and health through regular chiropractic care.
Chiropractic focuses on locating, analyzing, and correcting vertebral subluxations in the nervous system. By correcting these subluxations, the body restores the proper bio-mechanics and normal physiological functions within the body, allowing animals to experience a better quality of life, move more efficiently and function better overall.
But what causes these subluxations?
If you ever spend a few hours with an animal you see they are very active and fearless. Whether it’s jumping up on couches, playing with one another, tumbling off of a bed or a chair, running through a field or even jumping over things, these animals push their bodies to the limit and often end up creating subluxations in the process. So small and often ignored that it may not appear as a problem to us, the owner. We do not see any immediate symptoms, but overtime subluxations result from repetitive stresses and micro traumas from the small movements that an animal does on a daily and weekly basis. The animal may shake and brush it off because it is small, but these subluxations add up week after week, year after year.
We can’t see the small limp or pain because they hide their pain. Subluxation may be completely asymptomatic or it is the agility dog doing work and landing a bit funny, which throws off their gait for a second, but they keep on going. It’s the dog that is hypersensitive to touch, food aggressive, depressed, unable to jump on the couch, doesn't seem him/her self anymore.
As they grow, the animals calm down and may improve on their own. However, all the small repetitive motions they did growing up, is often ignored and left unaddressed if the animal is not exhibiting any kind of symptom. The shifts they impose upon themselves as babies tend to fester and worsen as the animal ages. That small degeneration slowly becomes bigger and more symptomatic, and that is when a vet may X-ray them and see that they have degenerative changes & arthritis. Then the owners come to see us.
Then, due to all this stress surrounding the spinal cord and affecting the nerves, it can take a toll on their overall health. The nervous system controls/governs the function of the immune system, so when there is a problem with the spine, it affects the nervous system and thus affects the immune system, so overall health can be affected.
Symptoms of subluxation may include pain, spasm, stiffness, sensitivity to touch, lameness, gait abnormalities, postural compromise and even organ dysfunction. Majority of the time there may are no symptoms at all.
Pets suffering from conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, ACL injuries, lameness, gastrointestinal disease, chronic health issues, or back problems have benefited from chiropractic adjustments. These are the symptoms that are the easiest to detect. Yet when normal movement of the spine is affected and left untreated, it can ultimately impact your animal’s entire well being and quality of life.
The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to the subluxated vertebra in an effort to re-connect the nervous system, which allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Chiropractic can also enhance healing and improve range of motion in dogs injured during sporting events, and can enhance their performance prior to competition.
Most animals enjoy their adjustment and relax during the appointment.
Some chiropractors adjust animals without going through the training, but the animal spine & anatomy is different than a human’s, thus we suggest only choosing a chiropractor that has the training through a certified animal chiropractic program. Chiropractic Care is not intended to replace traditional veterinary care, but is considered an alternative therapy, to be used concurrently and in conjunction with veterinarian care. We work with veterinarians who refer their clients to us.
Let us know if we can answer your questions about animal chiropractic.
About the AVCA
AVCA certification is awarded only to licensed Doctors of Chiropractic and/or veterinary medicine who have passed an accredited postgraduate program in animal chiropractic. These doctors are also required to pass both the written comprehensive and clinical competency examinations offered by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) of the AVCA. All doctors certified by the AVCA must complete continuing education hours to maintain their certification. For more information about the AVCA visit their website at www.animalchiropractic.org.
Referral for Initial Visit: We require and request Veterinary referrals for all animals; therefore we have simplified the process by adding submission forms below for both Owners seeking Chiropractic care for their pets and Veterinarians referring clients. If you would prefer to start the referral process by phone, please contact 330-774-1052 with the information needed from the form below. For owners, once you have asked us for a referral, either by phone or the form below, call your Veterinarian. Tell them that you would like them to provide the referral and why you are seeking chiropractic care for your animal.