Animal chiropractic is a non-surgical, drug-free approach for correcting or managing many musculoskeletal disorders that affect the joints, discs, soft-tissues and nerves. Any aspect of the animal’s body that is biomechanical can usually be helped a great deal with chiropractic treatment.
Whenever a joint becomes restricted in its range of motion (hypomobile or ‘locked-up’) — which can happen through trauma, repetitive injury, degenerative changes or structural stresses — the surrounding tissues are affected. This restriction further affects the joint’s ability to move freely causing the area to be sensitive or painful. Nerves are the communication links between all tissues in the body to the brain and spinal cord; when joint dysfunction is present, messages to other areas are also affected, which can lead to pain, weakness, reduced function and compensatory changes.
Animal chiropractic focuses on restoring movement and promoting heath by rehabilitating normal joint mechanics and soft-tissue function, thus, normalizing neurological patterns that facilitate healing. The main tool an animal chiropractor uses to restore joint motion is called an “adjustment”, or veterinary spinal manipulation. This gentle, specialized, manual skill involves the application of a quick, low-force maneuver that is directed to a specific area of a joint at a specific angle. A certified animal chiropractor understands these joint angles intimately and can best assess if an animal can benefit from chiropractic care. These professionals are the only ones who are qualified to adjust your pet.
Chiropractic Care Not Limited to Sick or Injured Pets
Healthy and athletic animals are ideal candidates for chiropractic care. Maintaining proper structural alignment and motion allows optimal function of the muscles, nerves and tissues that support the joints, resulting in improved mobility, stance and flexibility. Good alignment improves agility, endurance and overall performance. Broader benefits include superior immune function, healthier metabolism and a vibrant nervous system, all facilitating your animal’s natural ability to heal.
Chiropractic care can enhance the quality of your pet’s life ensuring active and healthy years.
Learn more from the following article from Health Pets. Or check out our Animal Chiropratic FAQ.
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