Chiropractic is a method of health care whose principles are based in allowing the body to be a self-healing organism by maintaining optimum function of its nervous system. The spinal cord is housed in the vertebral column and any deviation in that column can impair nerve flow and negatively affect all major body systems. These deviations or “subluxations” can be caused by trauma such as slips, falls, and overexertion, straining on a leash, car accidents or even emotional stress. Active animals, just like active people, sustain minor injuries all the time, some of which, if not treated can cause pain and stiffness in the future. Chiropractic adjustments are aimed at correcting those deviations by subtle manipulations of the body all along the spine from head to tail. All the body’s systems are affected when difference in an animal’s movement, posture, and attitude as well as healthier skin and better digestion. Because the health of the nervous system is so essential to the well-being of the animal, chiropractic adjustments can be used to treat a host of problems that you might not expect, from lameness, hip displasia and arthritis, to incontinence and even epilepsy. So next time your Fly-ball champion does you proud or kitty does a back flip for her favorite toy remember, that while chiropractic adjustments are good for every animal with a spine, they are essential for very active animals or after trauma of any kind.
Presented by Carol A. Lundquist, D.V.M. Veterinary Holistic Care