What is Animal Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and all of the nerves in the body. When your spine is misaligned it can irritate your nervous system resulting in overall disharmony or malfunction throughout your body. Chiropractic is the science of locating malfunctioning spinal structures; the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system and the philosophy that, when working properly, the body has the potential to heal itself. Your body is your best healer! Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all of the cells, tissue and organs of your body are designed to resist disease. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interferences to your natural state of being healthy.
Your animal is designed in the same fashion, with a self- healing body! They can get a lot of the same problems that we can: spinal pain, muscle spasms, nerve problems, disc problems, limping, injuries from falls and accidents, jaw (TMJ) problems, difficulty chewing, vomiting, respiratory or urinary infections, diarrhea, constipation, incontinence, seizures, neurological problems, lameness, leg weakness, paralysis and others.
How do I know if my animal needs Chiropractic?
Your animal can give you many signs that he/she needs Chiropractic. The biggest is mobility. They start to slow down on walks, not want to go as far, they don’t jump like they use to, they don’t wag their tail anymore, dragging of the feet, weak hind end, has a hard time getting up/down, moans a lot more to move, arched up in the mid back or a sway in the middle back, hip dysplasia, twitching of the skin when you touch a certain area, they don’t like you to brush or touch an area, you feel heat coming off the back, plus all of the other symptoms listed above!
How do you adjust a dog?
You will be surprised by how much your dog will enjoy and hold still for their adjustments. An animal adjustment is very similar to how you would be adjusted, in the sense that every vertebrae is felt by hand for joint motion. The vertebrae that are not moving properly, will receive a small but quick movement by hand into the joint to restore motion. The adjustment is gentle but effective. Chiropractic adjustments can also address problems in the limbs such as shoulder, elbow, wrist, hips, knees and ankles.