Animal chiropractic helps manage the consequences of decreased range of motion or hypomobility of the joints and spine. It focuses on the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. The brain and spinal cord are the command centers of the nervous system. When the nerve system is dysfunctional (decreased range of motion/hypomobility), the joints do not move freely, causing many symptoms like pain, tension, stiffness, weakness, atrophy, spasms, sensitivity to touch, lameness/gait abnormalities and subsequently loss of function.
The spine is a framework of bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves. It is essentially the highway links the brain to the tips of the nose, toes and tail. Trauma, overuse and underuse can cause the vertebra to have decreased range of motion or restriction causing the surrounding muscles and ligaments to be compromised. During examination, an area of restriction is palpated, the joint is gently brought into tension and a low amplitude, high velocity thrust is applied to that area, bringing motion back into that joint.
The goal of chiropractic therapy is to ultimately re-establish proper neurological transmissions by maintaining normal structural alignment of the spine to allow optimal function of the muscles, nerves and tissues that support the joints, resulting in increased agility and overall performance and health.
Some common conditions that may improve with chiropractic treatment are hip dysplasia, arthritis, acute or chronic injury, difficulty or reluctance going up or down stairs, lameness or unusual gait, disc disease, neurological disease, and pain in the back or neck.
By restoring normal alignment to the joints/vertebra and surrounding musculature, the muscle and nerves are able to resume their normal functions which makes for a healthy neuro-musculo-skeletal system and a healthier animal.