Dog Skeleton Anatomy - Anatomy of a Male Dog Skeleton“Nerves control everything that happens in our body” states the College of Animal Chiropractic. The command center for the nervous system is the brain and the spinal column so it follows that a healthy and properly functioning spine leads to a more regulated nervous system. It’s important to remember that the body and its systems are all connected. When the vertebra of the spine are in alignment the connecting muscles, ligaments and nerves have the ability to function properly.

Pet owners and veterinarians turn to chiropractic for a number of different reasons: 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. Chiropractic care does not replace regular veterinary care; rather, it is used in conjunction with vet care to relieve symptoms and restore proper functioning.

A2AH has a licensed animal chiropractor on staff. If you’re interested in animal chiropractic talk to your veterinarian or give us a call and we can discuss whether it would be a good option for your pet.

Common misconceptions about animal chiropractic

Animal Chiropractors Treat Bones That are “Out of Place”

The truth: Chiropractors are distinctive in that they treat joints that are not moving correctly, but the examination and treatment of these joints always remains within the normal range of motion. Some manipulative techniques do work with bones out of place, or luxated, but the trained animal chiropractor refers these patients to their veterinarian for proper care.

Animal Chiropractors “Crack Backs”

The truth: The noise you might hear during a chiropractic treatment, especially in humans, is called cavitation. Joints are surrounded by a very strong tissue and the joint space is filled with fluid for lubrication. If separated slightly, as in a chiropractic treatment, some of the fluid may change to gas creating a “pop”. This does not always happen, and is NO indication as to the effectiveness of a treatment. Cavitation is rare when treating animals as their physiology is different from humans.

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