Animal Chiropractic is concerned primarily with the relationship between an animal’s spinal column and their nervous system. Animal chiropractors diagnose and treat Vertebral Subluxation Complexes (VSC’s). VSC’s are known to cause restricted joint movement along with increased pain and muscular tonicity surrounding the joint. They cause altered biomechanics and disturbances in the nervous system, which very quickly lead to pathological changes.
VSC’s can be caused by any physical, mental or chemical stress. The most common causes of these subluxation complexes are trauma/injuries, over-training, advanced age, obesity and lack of exercise. Poor conformation, improper environment and inadequate nutrition are also causative factors. VSC’s can affect any of the spinal or extremity joints and can occur at any age.
In order to correct the subluxation, a chiropractic adjustment is performed. This is a very specific, high velocity (fast), low amplitude (gentle) thrust performed within the joint’s normal range of motion. By restoring proper motion to each affected joint, the chiropractic adjustment has the ability to improve biomechanics of the body, decrease pain and decrease muscle tonicity. It also enables the body to send more accurate information to the nervous system, which allows the nervous system to respond to the body with more appropriate information. This provides more balanced functionality of the nervous system.
It is important to understand that animal chiropractic should never be considered a replacement for traditional veterinary medicine. However, if integrated properly with concurrent veterinary primary care, an animal has the ability to achieve its full potential and optimize its health.