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Chiropractic Care for Pets

Making an Adjustment: Chiropractic Care for Pets

Chiropractic Care for Pets

Chiropractic care for your pets?

Don’t dismiss it as crazy. Animal chiropractic care is an increasingly popular technique for maintaining the health of your pet’s neuro-musculoskeletal system. So what exactly does that mean?

Nerves are in charge of everything within the body, and anything that has a negative effect on those nerves will have effects on the rest of the body. The spine in particular is a very complex system of bones, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. If your back hurts, you know how bad you feel in general.

When one of the elements in the spine is disrupted due to injury, misalignment or aging, the effects can resonate to all the muscles and organs within the body. This can cause stiffness, loss of mobility, and even decreased organ function. Quality of life is directly impacted by these things. In particular, trauma, as well as the over or under use of areas of the body, can cause the vertebrae to become fixed or immobile, resulting in trapped and inflamed nerves. This has obvious detrimental effects.

Chiropractic adjustment aims to restore function and mobility to any compromised vertebrae, allowing the nerves to work properly again. Your pet’s doctor will evaluate the pet, diagnose any adjustments that need to be made, and then use their hands in order to restore normal movement to areas of the spine. Chiropractic is not typically painful and many animals enjoy the process.

Depending on the nature of the movement restrictions, it may require several adjustments to be made over weeks in order to see long-term improvements. Just as with visits to a human chiropractor, it takes time to retrain muscles and other body elements back to healthy function. Once your pet’s treatment is complete, we recommend that your pet return for periodic “maintenance” visits in order to keep him or her feeling his/her best!

Because the body is a dynamic thing, it is very important to maintain your pet’s chiropractic health. Is your pet very active? Has your pet suffered a trauma? Has your pet simply gotten older and doesn’t use move his or her body as much as before? All can benefit from a chiropractic exam and, if indicated, a series of adjustments for increased comfort, freedom of movement, and improved quality of life.

Dr. Dean Falcon

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