Chiropractic and Spinal Manipulation Therapy
What is Veterinary Chiropractic?
A chiropractic adjustment is defined as short lever, high velocity controlled thrust by hand or instrument that is directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations. It
comprises the adjustment of vertebral joints, extremity joints,and cranial sutures. It includes evaluating the patients history, intended use/athleticism, health state and prior x-rays and tests. A chiropractic exam includes a neurological exam, stance and gait analysis and motion and static palpation.
How Chiropractic Works?
Chiropractic Adjustments allow the bones of the spine and joints to be maintained in a specific alignment. The nerves which surround each joint and vertebral articulation are in constant communication with the central nervous system, brain and all organs. When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a subluxation. Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints and even distant organs, glands and body functions.
Will an Adjustment Hurt?
Most animals accept both the exam and adjustment without signs of pain. When a painful area is found, the practitioner will use the gentlest techniques to reduce pain before delivering an adjustment. In cases of acute or extreme pain, the doctor will often delay the complete adjustment until your companion can be relaxed.
What Can I Expect After an Adjustment?
Many animals will show immediate improvement. Sometimes there is a 24-48 hour period of tiredness. Some animals require a few sessions to resolve acute pain. Often, with chronic health problems, the doctor will want to see your animal several times to maintain and re-establish normal function of the joints and nervous system.
Best Treatment Response
Be certain to share all the information from all health care providers, including diet, supplements and medications with your doctor at the appointment. Be certain you understand post-adjustment exercise and home therapy recommendations. Dr. Mertz is our chiropractic specialist. She has been specially trained and carries a Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy Certification.