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Many who have gone to a chiropractor have enjoyed the benefits of increased flexibility, a decrease in musculoskeletal discomfort, and enhanced quality of life. These same benefits are available to animals to improve their health.

Chiropractic is based on the premise that there is a very important relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system. As the nervous system governs virtually every function in the body, its proper functioning is critical. Nerves conduct impulses from the brain through the spinal canal to the organs and peripheral musculature. If at any point along the way there is an abnormal relationship between vertebrate of the spine there may be an effect on the movement or physiologic activities of the body. This improper relationship between vertebrate is known as a subluxation in chiropractic terminology.

The nervous system is critical in maintaining a healthy immune system and its innate ability to heal itself. This principle of innate healing is a core premise of chiropractic philosophy. Chiropractic adjustments are aimed at removing any impediments to the transmission of impulses in the nervous system, thus allowing full expression of the body’s intrinsic capacity to heal itself. As a holistic modality, its goal is to get to the cause of the symptoms as much as possible and to avoid palliating symptoms with medication or decrease the level needed to achieve comfort.

Common signs of a subluxation are abnormal gait, muscular spasms, and tenderness, and decreased range of motion.

Look for a veterinarian or chiropractor that has trained with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and has committed more than 200 hours of classroom time specifically geared toward the safe application of these techniques to animals. The musculoskeletal system of dogs is different from humans. Not to mention that a horse is not a cat. Dr. Tyneway has also completed a course in Veterinary Orthopedic manipulation (VOM) taught by Dr. Inman.

Why should I consider chiropractic therapy for my pet?

Common conditions that can be treated with chiropractic care for your pets are neurologic or biomechanical conditions, they include diseases like hip dysplasia and spondylosis, cervical instability, acute neck pain, intervertebral disk disease, autonomic nervous system problems (urinary and fecal incontinence), musculoskeletal weakness, and chronic pain.

Please speak to your local veterinarian if you are interested in learning if chiropractic care is right for your pet.

When should I consider chiropractic therapy for my pet?

Animals that can often benefit from chiropractic are often athletic and working animals (horses used for racing, dressage, or pleasure riding, and dogs used for racing, agility training, or field trials). Results of chiropractic care are often immediate and can be seen in an improved gait and pain being reduced. There are also many neurologic and biochemical conditions that can be cared for with chiropractic therapy. Additionally, chiropractic therapy may be used to treat many conditions with a biomechanical or neurologic origin.

Please speak to your local veterinarian if you are interested in learning if chiropractic care is right for your pet.

How is my pet cared for during chiropractic therapy?

Once your pet has gone through an initial evaluation, your veterinarian will determine a course of treatment to follow. The initial evaluation will include a thorough look at your pet’s medical history, a physical exam, and potentially x-rays to look for underlying issues.

Your pet should not experience any pain during an adjustment. At most, your pet may experience some slight discomfort but they may also show signs of relief from the pain as soon as your doctor starts to work on them.

In most cases, your pet will need to have a series of short appointments and adjustments to address the problems they are experiencing.