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Posted on 05-18-2016

Why your little furry friend should get their spine checked?

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“Animal Chiropractic…..I would have never put those two together” This is a comment that I get when I say I adjust animals. I decided to answer some of the questions that come up when I say I’m an animal chiropractor.

Q: Why would you adjust an animal?

A: Animals have a nervous system just like us. They can get chronic pain or biomechanical issues just like us. Help improve sport performance and overall well-being of the animal.

Q: How do I know if my animal needs adjusted?

A: My short and simple answer would be “If they have a spine and nervous system they should be evaluated for chiropractic care” My follow up to that answer would be there are usually signs of : reduced performance, abnormal posture, sensitivity touch among other things.  Lastly chiropractic helps everything!

Q: What is the difference between an adjustment vs manipulation?

A: An adjustment is very specific. Manipulation is not. The scientific definition of an adjustment it is very specific, high speed, low force maneuver that restores movement of the affected joint by taking it beyond the normal physiological articular range of movement, and without exceeding the boundaries of anatomical integrity. It is down by placing the hands directly on the affected vertebrae.  Only subluxated vertebrae are adjusted.

Q: Can I just take my animal to any chiropractor or veterinarian for an “adjustment”?

A: It is probably best to take your animal to a provider that has done specialized training in “adjusting animals” and “chiropractic care”. Don’t be afraid to ask them where they did their training. Remember anyone can manipulate a joint not everyone can adjust a joint restoring proper function.

Q: Is chiropractic care a replacement for veterinarian care?

A: Chiropractic treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine. It can provide additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal and musculoskeletal disorders. In fact, my patients are required to be under regular care of veterinarian before being seen by our office

Q: What made you want to start adjusting animals?

A: I have 5 dogs in my family and I knew that all the jumping, running, and playing they did was causing stress to their joints. My chocolate lab has hip issues and my family kept saying it was because he was old. I didn’t believe that was the only reason for his hip pain.  I made it my purpose to do some continuing education through Options for Animals School in Wellsville, Kansas. So I can not only help my pets but help others as well.

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