Chiropractic care works by helping the body heal itself. It is an integrative component of health care that focuses on the relationship between the vertebral column and the nervous system, and how that relationship affects the body’s ability to maintain a state of health and well-being. Reduced mobility between two vertebral segments can cause altered nerve function, leading to pain, abnormal posture and/or abnormal movement.
Chiropractic is a manual therapy that uses very specific high velocity, low amplitude thrusts at specific anatomic locations to restore and maintain a properly functioning musculoskeletal system. When the body is biomechanically sound the nervous system can function and communicate more effectively.
Chiropractic treatment can be used in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine for diagnosis and management of elusive musculoskeletal problems, performance issues and even some internal medicine disorders.
Veterinary chiropractic treatment can be used for:
Muscle tension or stiffness (e.g. back pain)
Reduced performance (e.g. difficulty collecting or turning in a certain direction)
Behavior changes such as ear pinning or biting when being saddled
Maintenance of soundness in older animals
As a complementary treatment for chronic lameness such as hock arthritis or navicular syndrome.
Chiropractic can also be incredibly beneficial as a method of preventative care, especially for hard-working athletes!