- Does your pet have a chronic condition?
- Has she had some kind of injury or surgery?
- Is he showing signs of aging and slowing down?
Our pets can suffer many of the same health issues that we face. And chiropractic care can facilitate improved health and healing for animals just as it can for us humans. If you are new to the idea of chiropractic care for pets, check out our Animal Chiropractic FAQ below for an overview. Or, contact us with your questions for more information about how we can help your pet.
Animal Chiropractors Treat Bones That are “Out of Place”
The truth: Chiropractors are distinctive in that they adjust joints that are not moving correctly. The examination and adjustment of these joints ALWAYS remains within the normal range of joint motion. Among chiropractic professionals, the term “subluxated’ may be used, referring to the complex functional entity involving these specific areas of joint restriction, often involving soft-tissue changes, nerve irritation, etc. True ‘bones out of place’ — or medically luxated joints (or dislocations) — may be manipulated back ‘in place’. However, a trained animal chiropractor refers these patients to their veterinarian for emergency care.
Animal Chiropractors “Crack Backs”
The truth: The noise you might hear during a chiropractic adjustment, especially in humans, is called a cavitation. Joints are surrounded by a strong capsule and the joint space is filled with fluid for lubrication. If separated slightly, as in a chiropractic adjustment, tiny bubbles escape from the fluid creating a “pop” noise. This is NOT the bones cracking. This cavitation does not always happen and it is NO indication as to the effectiveness of the adjustment. Cavitation is uncommon when treating animals as their joint physiology is different than humans.
Sometimes after an adjustment the animal can be mildly sore but this is usually no cause for concern and will resolve quickly. If performed correctly, and with proper certification training, animal chiropractic is safe and effective in treating your animal.
Occasionally during an adjustment the animal can experience brief discomfort if the area is inflamed but this is not typical. Most animals really enjoy their chiropractic adjustments!
Sometimes the animal may require a day or two of rest depending on exam findings and activity level. Each animal is evaluated on an individual basis and the doctor will provide you with the best course of action that is right for your animal.
Animal chiropractors are either a Doctor of Chiropractic or a Veterinarian.
They have successfully completed animal chiropractic training from an approved school, such as The Healing Oasis Wellness Center where Dr. Deanna Minkler studied before opening her Chicago animal chiropractic center.
They can be further certified either by the CoAC (College of Animal Chiropractors), the AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) or the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association). There is NO Board certification in animal Chiropractic.
The word “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek meaning “To perform with the hands”. Adjusting an animal is somewhat similar to being adjusted by a human chiropractor in that, once the doctor finds an area that has either decreased or restricted motion, the doctor applies a low force, quick impulse or ‘thrust’ to a specific area of a joint, in a specific direction or angle, thereby restoring normal movement. A certified animal chiropractor knows animal anatomy very well and adjust specific joint segments using special techniques created for the species.