Veterinary Chiropractic applies the modern scientific understanding that the bodies of all living things know how to heal and regulate themselves. Bodies work optimally when we maintain the natural balance that already exists in all living things. The brain, nerves, skeleton, and muscles are all connected, and just some of the parts of your pet’s body that thrive when in proper alignment (balance).
If misalignments in the peripheral nervous system exist, this may manifest as lameness, favoring, or cries of pain in a cat or dog. If that misalignment is somewhere central like the spinal cord, they might experience maladies all over. A chiropractor has trained in the science of realigning, re-balancing, and re-harmonizing the body. The spine, tissues, cells, and organs may all need realignment from time to time, and doing so can support your furry friend’s natural ability to heal.
Many sicknesses can be effectively treated through veterinary chiropractic. Injuries, joint pain, muscle spasms, back pain from a slipped disc, spinal inflammation, seizures, neurological issues, limb weakness, and paralysis are just a few common ailments for which veterinary chiropractic may help.
What are the signs my cat or dog needs Veterinary Chiropractic?
Unlike humans, your dog or cat cannot tell you where it hurts, but there are many signs attentive pet parents will notice like:
- Not walking or running as quickly as they once did
- Appearing stiff and off-balance when they get up
- Avoiding activities that require running or jumping
- When touched, wincing and (ears back, scratching and warning bite for cats) (yelping and nipping for dogs)
- Not using one foot normally
- Walking tenderly with feet closer or farther apart than usual
- Back swaying or arching when walking
- No longer wagging the tail
- Tender chewing
- Known accident
How do chiropractors realign a dog or cat?
Veterinary chiropractic is surprisingly gentle and targeted. Often small adjustments make a difference. A skilled chiropractor can feel each vertebra to assess mobility and alignment. A very soft shifting by hand can realign it. Similar manual manipulations work for all of your pet’s joints from shoulder to hip to foot.
What will my pet experience after their first treatment?
When bones are misaligned, the muscles, nerves, joints, and other soft tissues adapt to work with them, so after adjustment, they must reposition themselves. Your pet may seem tender, move awkwardly, or just sleep for a little while after treatment as these soft tissues adjust.