Chiropractic care in animals, just like in humans, seeks to maintain the optimal motion of all joints in the body, but especially the spine. Lack of normal motion in the spine can lead to back pain, lameness, lack of performance, or a decrease in overall health. The nervous system is the “command center” of the body and is an integral part of the digestive system, endocrine system, immune system, to name a few. It provides sensation for perceiving balance, providing coordinated movements, and reflexes. Anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will resonate throughout the entire body.
The brain and spinal cord are the epicenter and “highway” of the nervous system. The spinal cord is protected by the spine, which is comprised of a complex framework of bones, ligaments and muscles. Nerves from the spinal cord branch off and travel through spinal canals, foramina, between and among ligaments, tendons and muscles to specific areas of the body. These nerves provide innervation for muscles, skin, internal organs, etc. If dysfunction of the normal vertebral system occurs, dysfunction of a nerve branch is also likely to occur and can result in stiffness, pain, inflammation and can ultimately have a cascade of effects on the body depending on the innervation pathway of the nerve. The treatment to restore normal joint motion is when a trained animal chiropractor applies a specific thrust into a joint called an adjustment.
Routine adjustment may help to restore optimal movement, decrease pain, improve neurological function, prevent injury or even improve healing.
Animal Chiropractic is not meant to replace traditional veterinary care. It is not an alternative treatment, but rather an integrative method that when used in conjunction with good traditional veterinary care, will provide years of happy and healthy living. This is the beginning of a more modern, comprehensive approach to your animal’s healthcare. It is an effective and valuable means of restoring and maintaining their strength, vigor and well-being. And by exploring and treating the root causes of your animal’s aches, pains and illnesses, will ensure maximum improvement, top performance and an exceptional quality of life for the animal companions we love. When the nerves can efficiently communicate with all the structures in your animals’ bodies, they will begin to heal from within.