Spinal Manipulation is primarily used for common musculoskeletal conditions, often in coordination with traditional therapies as well as in pet rehabilitation. The American Veterinary Medical Association's guidelines recommend your pet to be examined by a veterinarian to establish a preliminary diagnosis before any alternative treatment. We review detailed case history including prior diagnosis, therapies, x-rays and laboratory test results. Our doctors will examine gait, posture, vertebrae, and extremities for areas of concern or sources of pain.
Spinal Manipulation works by restoring the spine and joints to normal function. When the spine is functioning normally, it promotes natural healing and returns the body to states of physiological balance. Restricted movement between vertebrae can cause limited flexibility and stiffness. Vertebra that are misaligned will inhibit the normal flow of neural information to the spinal cord which can result pain.
Spinal Manipulation offers excellent results when used for acute or chronic pain due to misaligned vertebrae and joints. It is also considered helpful for animals with chronic problems such as hip dysplasia. Treatments may improve function in these cases, but will not generally alter structural abnormalities.
Some animals that may benefit from Spinal Manipulation are:
- Injured pets that are sore, limping, unable to climb stairs or jump up, or that respond negatively to pressure or touch.
- Competitive animals seeking optimal performance.
- Arthritic animals
- Older pets with mobility issues or chronic pain
- Pets recovering from orthopedic surgery
Spinal Manipulation can be used along with other therapies, to help skin conditions, urinary incontinence, intestinal problems, and behavior problems. Dr. Tracy Lord, can determine if your pet is a good candidate for this type of treatment.