Veterinary chiropractic is frequently used in conjunction with traditional medicine to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, hip dysplasia, lameness, intervertebral disk disease (back problems), and gastrointestinal disease.
Chiropractic philosophy is based on the relationship of the spinal cord to the nervous system of the entire body. It primarily involves manipulation of the spinal cord but can also involve manipulation of the leg joints and skull.
Chiropractors treat ‘subluxations’ which can be described as an abnormal positioning of one musculoskeletal element to another.
For example, one vertebra in the spinal cord can be abnormally positioned next to another vertebra. This subluxation is then manipulated back into a normal position by using a short ‘thrust’ that is applied very specifically in the correct direction. The manipulation is said to enhance the neurological pathways and potentially improve flexibility and mobility in the animal. Other potential benefits include improved organ functions.
Chiropractic therapy should be used only by a qualified individual and most beneficial when used in conjunction with traditional therapies.
To discuss whether your pet is a candidate for this therapy, please call our clinic to set up a referral with Dr Ely, a certified Animal Chiropractor.