What is chiropractic therapy?
Chiropractic therapy is used for the diagnosis and treatment of muscular and skeletal disorders. This system of skeletal manipulations and adjustments helps correct misalignments and restore normal joint and nerve function.
Why use chiropractic therapy for dogs?
The health of any dog depends upon the correct alignment of their body parts. Chiropractic techniques allow dogs to experience an immediate reduction in pain and an increased range of motion.
Chiropractic techniques also identify and treat other undiagnosed or poorly managed health problems. For instance, because each spinal nerve leads directly or indirectly to a specific organ, dogs also experience improved organ functions.
How does chiropractic therapy work?
This conservative and safe therapy requires that practitioners make small adjustments to the dog’s spinal column to relieve pressure between stressed vertebrae. The technique that chiropractors use involves quick, controlled and forceful hand movements or thrusts to the vertebrae in the spinal column and to other specific areas and joints.
What conditions are helped with chiropractic therapy?
Some of the conditions include:
- Repetitive use injuries
- Abnormal weight bearing
- Altered gait
- Misaligned joints
- Forelimb lameness
- Subluxations (partial dislocation of a joint)
- Vertebral column injuries (jaw and neck injuries)
- Vertical column injuries (back injuries)
- Osteoarthritis relief
What are some of the other residual benefits?
Another beneficial side effect from a chiropractic adjustment is improved organ function.
Since each spinal nerve within the vertebrae leads either directly or indirectly to a specific organ, research suggests that this treatment can also improve cardio, respiratory and gastro intestinal disorders and other organ functions.
How quickly can I expect to see improvements?
Keep in mind that the number of treatments necessary to resolve health problems does vary. Acute injuries may resolve themselves in a few treatments. Chronic problems, however, often require months of treatments.
How can massage help my animal?
This systematic manipulation of soft tissue promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage, while decreasing muscle spasms. By applying a combination of pressure traction, rubbing and compressing of soft tissue, knots from tense muscle can be gently released. Not only does massage speed up recovery from injury, it provides pain relief, promotes relaxation, reduces scarring and edema, and helps restore range of motion.
What is the advantage of combining chiropractic and massage therapies?
The two modalities work hand in hand to relieve overworked muscles and dislocated joints. Successful athletes have been incorporating them into their training and health routines for years. Together, they provide tangible support for dogs to live long happy mobile lives.
What’s the best way to begin?
A comprehensive plan that incorporates chiropractic and massage therapies should be designed with the trainer and attending veterinarian to suit the particular needs of your dog.