Chiropractic care is a manual method of treatment (the word chiropractic is derived from the Greek meaning “to perform with hands”). It was developed in the early 19th Century as a means of maintaining health and treating neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunctions and their subsequent effect on the body.
What is Chiropractic Care For Pets
Chiropractic care focuses on abnormal movements of the spine, and the effects these restrictions have on the nervous system and the entire body. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to maximize mobility and optimize the nervous system function to allow unrestricted exchange of information between the brain and the rest of the body.
Chiropractic treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine; however, it can provide additional means of diagnosing and treatment options for signal problems, as well as biomechanical related musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractic is also an effective treatment for acute or chronic pain syndrome caused by biomechanical problems.
Dr. Cynthia Brown
Dr. Cynthia Brown graduated from the Colorado State University College of Medicine. After spending 15 years at another hospital she joined Bark Avenue Animal Hospital in 2018. Dr. Brown became a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist in 2015 and recently became certified in Animal Chiropractic. Dr. Brown’s special interests include chiropractic care, complimentary medicine, surgery, chronic pain, feline medicine, and dermatology. Dr. Brown’s pets include 2 cats: Stinky, a calico that was living in a parking lot before rescued and brought home, and Crash, who was run over by a car and spent several years as a hospital cat.
Signs and Symptoms
- Abnormal posture
- Reluctance to move, climb stairs or jump
- Pain during certain movements or when being lifted
- Sensitivity to touch
- Change in behavior
- Altered sitting positions
- Lick lesions on legs or paws
- Only laying on one side
- Recurrent anal gland infections
- Persistent digestive problems
Common Causes of Subluxations
- Trauma – Caused by falls, trips, slips, or major accidents.
- Narcotics – Some medications can cause further problems, including general anesthetics or sedation as the tiny muscles in pets don’t hold all the joints in the correct positions, and then when walking, pets can throw themselves around in an effort to stand.
- Transportation – Long transportation times, accidents, and incorrect restrictions can cause damage.
- Lacks of movement – Lack of space in which to move does not give pets enough opportunity to ease the tension by moving or stretching.
- Nails – Long nails change the action and formation of the toes and have a knock-on effect on the limb and spine.
- Age – As age increases, the effects of previous small and/or large traumas to the spine become more apparent.
- Collar/Harness – Depending on how the pets walk with the collar or harness on, it can cause problems in the upper and lower neck region, the ribs, and the spine.
- Sports – Repetitive training can create minute traumas, which can increase overuse, such as repetitive strains and sprains.