The traditional application of veterinary chiropractic care is for back pain and other orthopedic disease, but routine visits can improve many aspects of a pet's life! Owners often report that with routine chiropractic treatments, their dogs and cats have more energy and stay healthier, longer!
Chiropractic care is centered around the nervous system and joints. A joint is defined as any place where two bones meet, so these are joints throughout your pet's entire body!
A misalignment of these joints (called chiropractic subluxations) can negatively impact nerve function, especially if it is in the spine. Altered nerve function can lead to a number of problems, including pain, fatigue, muscle weakness, poor balance and immune system suppression.
An adjustment is designed to restore proper alignment to joints and return natural function to the nervous system. Through this, chiropractic care works to eliminate the cause of problems instead of simply treating the signs.
What causes our pets to develop chiropractic subluxations? A simple car ride with unexpected starts and stops, landing a little off balance or pulling on a leash can lead to changes in gait. Lameness or pain in one part of your pet's body can cause a shift in posture. These simple things can lead to chiropractic subluxations all over the body. Age can lead to problems in the spine and joints as cartilage breaks down. Obesity is also a common factor contributing to problems.
It is important to mention that Dr. Sivula is a certified member of the AVCA - the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. AVCA doctors have undergone intensive post-graduate courses that require a minimum of 200 hours of study and have passed a certification exam similar to the one administered for a state license to practice medicine.
It's also mandatory that AVCA doctors attend continuing education classes on a yearly basis to keep current on new and advanced techniques.
Most pets find a chiropractic adjustment very relaxing! It is highly unusual for a pet to exeperience any pain for soreness associated with this therapy. The frequency of recheck visits depends on the individual patient's needs and conditions.
How Do You Know Your Dog Needs Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care addresses subluxation. The symptoms of a subluxation range from very mild to severe. The most common of which is pain. Dogs who are in pain may compensate in gait or posture and often refuse to do certain tasks. The following is a list of symptoms that may indicate the presence of subluxation:
Change in the way the animal walks
Behavioral changes (i.e. no longer wants to be pet, or gets agitated easily)
Doesn't want to do things like jump up onto a bed, or jump down to the floor from the bed
Diagnosed conditions, such as degenerative arthritis
Muscle imbalance, spasm or atrophy
Injuries resulting from falls, training, or other activities
Dog is post-surgical
To be healthy it is essential that the nervous system function properly and free from any interference caused by subluxations. Subluxations can cause interference to the nervous system at any point along the spine where the nerves exit. This can adversely affect the function of various parts of your animal’s body, and ultimately its health.