What is Animal Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a method of healthcare that is drug-free and deals with restoring proper function of the joints of the spine and limbs. The spinal vertebrae have several larger and smaller parts. Slight sub-luxations can result in pain and compromise the spinal component.
This can lead to chronic pain, arthritis and reduced use and function of the limbs and joints. With a subtle and gentle hands-on technique, proper function can be restored and pain can be relieved.
Performing a chiropractic adjustment restores normal movement, relaxes muscle spasms and decreases pain.
How Does Chiropractic Work?
Animal Chiropractic is a safe therapy that requires practitioners to make small adjustments to the animal’s spinal column to relieve irritation between stressed vertebrae. The technique that chiropractors use involves quick, controlled, low force hand movements to the vertebrae in the spinal column and to other specific areas and joints.
Does my pet need a Chiropractic Adjustment?
- Your dog is involved in any agility or sports activity
- If your dog experiences tightness, pain or muscle spasms after intense play
- If your dog is geriatric and stiff and sore
- If your dog has spondylosis or back pain
Is it safe for my dog or cat?
A chiropractic adjustment is a very specific, low force, quick thrust along the plane of the joint that helps to get the joint moving again. Adjustments influence bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. They do not hurt your animal.
How many treatments will my dog need?
Generally adjustments can be done 2-3 weeks apart. Sports dogs and geriatric dogs benefit from a monthly “tune-up”.
Dr. Radica Raj has trained through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association completing a very intensive and comprehensive course specifically for animal chiropractics. This is important as the direction of joint surfaces in a quadruped is different from a human who walks on their hind legs all the time!