The AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) defines a chiropractic adjustment as a “short lever, high velocity, controlled thrust by hand or instrument that is directed at a specific articulation to correct vertebral subluxations.” Dr. Huber is certified in animal chiropractic by the AVCA.
A subluxation is a joint that lacks normal motion, thus inducing muscle tightness, nerve interference, and pain. The joints adjusted include the joints of the spine, extremities, and cranial (head and neck) joints. Chiropractic will help by correcting the subluxations and allowing the body to heal itself.
Causes of subluxation include:
– training and repetition
– injuries due to trauma
– every day wear and tear
Indications for Chiropractic care for your pet includes:
– neurological problems, including IVDD (inter vertebral disc disease)
– internal medicine disorders
– post surgical
– lameness or soreness
– muscle spasms
– reluctance to bend neck or refusal to jump
– injuries form slips or falls
– jaw/chewing problems
– neck, back. leg, or tail pain
– chronic disorders
– maintenance of spinal health and wellness
Animal chiropractic addresses the cause of the symptoms and allows the body to heal. While medications can help reduce acute pain and inflammation, they are not addressing the cause. Since the nervous system starts with the brain and spine, creating an ideal environment for those tissues can aid a multitude of disorders.
Many pets will require several chiropractic sessions to correct their disorder, and others will need long term maintenance to keep them comfortable. The addition of laser therapy, with the Class IV Therapy Laser, or massage therapy in addition to chiropractic may help increase the overall benefits to your pet.