Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to many of the health and performance problems of the dog. It focuses on the health and proper movement of all the joints in the body, but especially, the spine.
All the bones in the joints and the spinal column are maintained in a specific alignment. If even a minor change in alignment occurs, the normal mobility of the joint changes and can become “stuck.” This is called a subluxation. If even one of the joints in the spine is out of alignment, then the entire spinal column will lose flexibility. Additionally, nerves branch off the spinal cord right through the subluxated joints of the spine. When this happens, the nerve passing by the subluxated joint can be pinched. This, of course, can cause pain, but it also interrupts the communication between the brain and the rest of the body which can affect even distant organs, glands and body functions.
Subluxations can cause a variety of symptoms, from very mild to very severe. The most common one is pain. A pet in pain will compensate in their gate or posture and may refuse to perform certain tasks. Dogs may sit with their rear legs out to one side, have discomfort when putting on or taking off their collar, tuck their tail, stumble on a walk, or sensitivity to touch. For agility dogs, the sign may be as subtle as not ....
Subluxations can also cause problems with the nerves that communicate with other cells in the body such as those of the skin, glands and blood vessels. Symptoms that result from this include lick granulomas, increased sensitivity to hot or cold, incontinence, or skin lesions or scratching.
Once the diagnosis of a subluxation is made by the trained veterinary chiropractor, a gentle adjustment can be restore the proper alignment. As every joint in the spine is moveable, if the correct angle is used, the adjustment only requires a relatively low force.
After treatment, many pets show an immediate response, however, there is a healing time and the pet’s body does need rest to restore the motion and health of the area.