The doctor will take a detailed history of your animal and perform a complete chiropractic examination, which includes static and motion palpation of the spine and limbs.
Information from the history and exam help to determine which adjustments are made. Restricted or abnormal joint movements are determined.
A high force, low amplitude, anatomically specific thrust is made to restore normal movement in the areas determined to be restricted.
The usual response to chiropractic care is improvement within the first 24-72 hours. The results vary based on the chronicity of the issue and the severity of the restricted motion of the spine &/or limbs.
Biomechanical Assessment and Animal Chiropractic
Assessment of biomechanics in the animal evaluates asymmetries in gait and movement that indicate alterations in structure and/or function of the musculoskeletal system (MSS). These alterations may be due to a primary issue or secondary due to compensation of the MSS in dealing with a primary problem. Both primary issues and secondary compensatory mechanisms may manifest as pain or lameness that affect the animal’s performance and health. Subtle asymmetries may also contribute to performance issues and can pre-dispose the animal to further, more complicated problems, and should be addressed as soon as possible to maintain optimal health and performance.
In any system, form, or structure, predicts and influences function. Chiropractic foundations are based on the intimate relationship of the spinal column (structure) to the nervous system (function) and the role of the spinal column in biomechanics and movement, and the maintenance and restoration of health. Optimal health of any physiological system, the animal, is highly dependent on proper function of the nervous system. The nervous system is integral to the delivery of information to the brain, as well as the dissemination of functional information to the body from the brain. The information from the brain travels via the spinal cord and out to the body via the spinal nerves to progressively more specific nerves in the periphery. The spinal nerves are intimately associated with the vertebral column and as such, can be greatly affected by alterations or restrictions in the vertebral joints, also known as vertebral subluxation complexes (VSC).
Animal Chiropractors diagnose and treat VSCs and subluxation complexes in the extremities. A VSC or SC is an alteration or restriction in the normal range of motion of a joint that can cause movement issues or physiological issues; e.g. lameness or pain. VSCs may occur from acute traumatic events, constant, repetitive wear and tear on joints or in association with degenerative processes within the animal.
By making a chiropractic adjustment, the range of motion of the joint is returned to normal and the functionality of the nervous system is also restored. As if rebooting the nervous system. This allows for the body to perform at its optimal potential. Furthermore, chiropractic is designed to work with the inborn homeostasis of the animal, or the body’s innate intelligence to heal itself. A chiropractic adjustment stimulates this innate intelligence and the system can move towards normal, balanced function.
An adjustment is a high-velocity, low-amplitude, short-levered, highly controlled procedure in a very specific line of correction, on a specific bone in the animal. This allows for a quick, yet gentle thrust needed for the adjustment in the animal. Most animals enjoy their adjustment and relax during the appointment.
Signs your horse needs an adjustment:
-Pain and stiffness when moving or being touched
-Abnormal gait, shortened stride or lameness
-Inability or difficulty taking or maintaining a lead
-Inability or difficulty in engaging or collecting
-Negative changes in behavior or attitude
-Pinning ears or snapping when being cinched
-Difficulty flexing at the poll
-Changes in posture
-Resistance to being ridden
Signs your dog needs an adjustment:
-Pain when being touched or lifted
-Difficulty or reluctance when climbing stairs or jumping
-Difficulty getting up after lying down
-Altered sitting (“puppy sitting”)
-Lameness or changes in gait
-Lying on one side
-Changes in performance
-Constant licking or chewing paws
-Negative changes in attitude or behavior
-Changes in eating or eliminating