Chiropractic is concerned with the location, analysis and correction of a subluxation. It began in Davenport, Iowa in 1895 through the works and teachings of D.D. Palmer. The first animal adjustments were on chickens in 1896. The AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) defines a chiropractic adjustment as “a short lever, high velocity controlled thrust by hand or instrument that is directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations.” A subluxation is a joint that lacks normal motion, thus inducing muscle tightness, nerve interference, and pain. The joints adjusted include the joints of the spine (vertebral joints), the extremities (limbs) and cranial joints (joints of the head and neck). Chiropractic will help to correct the subluxations and thereby allow the body to heal itself.
What causes a subluxation?
Poor saddle fit, training, environment, rider , injuries due to trauma, confinement and every day wear and tear are a few causes of subluxations.
What does a chiropractic exam entail?
The doctor will listen to and interpret the history of the pet and the current use of the pet. The pet is then evaluated as far as health status, test or x-ray results, gait, stance, and palpation. The doctor will look for areas of pain, neurologic deficits, muscle tightness and loss of normal motion within the affected joint(s). Next a series of adjustments will be directed to each affected area.
Will my dog experience pain?
The doctor will locate areas of pain and correct the underlying problem. The pain is not be created by the adjustment but is already present due to the current condition of the body. Most pets tolerate the exam and adjustment without signs of pain. The doctor will use the gentlest technique possible to minimize discomfort during the adjustment. In cases of extreme pain, the doctor may delay a complete adjustment until your pet can become more comfortable.
What should I expect after the chiropractic adjustment for my pet?
Your pet may experience some mild soreness within the first 12-24 hours after the visit. This is due to the muscles adjusting to the realignment of the bones. Most pets will be slightly sleepy the first night and then will begin to feel exuberant, bouncy and more energetic within the first 24-48 hours. An improvement in gait, behavior, pain level, etc should be seen almost immediately. Your pet can go back to what they were doing the day before the adjustment. For best results, horses should not be ridden/competitive dogs should not compete, for at least 24 hours after the adjustment.
When should my pet be seen again?
Some animals will require multiple sessions to resolve severe or acute pain. Maintenance care is recommended for most pets on a monthly basis. Recheck appointments will be recommended for your pet dependent on what your doctor believes to be best for his/her interests. All pets are different and may require more frequent visits at any time during their treatment.