Firstly, while it might seem quite obvious, it is important to note that Animal Chiropractic functions under the same principles and philosophies as regular Chiropractic.
Having said that, Animal Chiropractic is a unique profession requiring post-graduate training to Chiropractors and Veterinarians.
It is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on approach that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system, which is comprised of the body’s nerves, muscles and skeleton.
It is important to note that Chiropractic is not an alternative to Veterinary care, but rather a compliment to it. Optimally, a Chiropractor and Veterinarian can work as a team to provide the most integrative care possible for the patient.
How does chiropractic work?
Its distinctive health approach is based on a few assumptions:
- that the body has an inherent drive to heal itself and function at its best,
- and that all body functions (for example: digestion, bowel and bladder movements, running, jumping, etc) are controlled by the brain and nervous system.
- Therefore, if any messages from the nervous system are interfered with, the body will function sub-optimally.
Chiropractic aims to optimize health by minimizing this nervous system interference, primarily by restoring and maintaining a proper balanced relationship between the spine, muscles and nervous system, where a lot of nervous system interference occurs. It does so by correcting chiropractic subluxations, by way of adjustments.
Subluxations are areas in the spine where the bones are not moving properly in relation to one another, causing abnormal function and symptoms, and often interfering with proper nerve transmission.
A chiropractic adjustment is a safe, quick and gentle force applied to a subluxated area with the aim being to restore proper joint motion and alignment, muscle balance and nervous function, while simultaneously reducing pain and inflammation.
Animal Chiropractic can be used to improve an animal’s general mobility or athlete’s performance, as part of a rehab protocol for post-op or injured animals, as well as to simply improve an animal’s general state of health and well-being.