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Movement is life!
Veterinary chiropractic is an important part of animal health care that focuses on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. The skeleton provides a framework for muscles and nerves and also protects the internal organs. The brain and spinal cord are the main control centers of the central nervous system and communicate to all of the other nerves in the body; this communication is essential for normal physiologic processes. The spine is made of individual bones called vertebrae, and like most bones they also partner with other bones to make joints. These bones have their own range of motion and are the reason animals move the way they do. All of our animal athletes – a bucking bull, a competitive agility dog, and all equines – move the way they do because of their spine!
If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebrae are compromised and normal motion is restricted, the lines of communication to the muscles, nerves, and organs are not clear or may be absent. This lack of communication and loss of mobility can lead to stiffness, pain, tension, organ dysfunction and reduced ability to compete. Causes of decreased motion include trauma, overuse, disuse and degenerative disease processes.
The goal of animal chiropractic is to restore mobility and normal range of motion to the joints that are not functioning properly thereby addressing pain, function and the overall health and well being of our animal companions. Adjustment is performed after careful examination for areas of restricted movement in the spine. A specific thrust is placed on the structures that are not moving properly or are ‘stuck’ with the goal of returning normal motion to the joint(s). This treatment restores normal neurological communication, which coordinates the body’s ability to heal and eventually return to optimal health.
Neurological communication is essential for proper movement and orientation in space. This does not only involve the musculoskeletal system, despite the focus on the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. The nerves that exit the spinal cord innervate or communicate/govern all of the organs and organ systems of the body. The internal organs and glands cannot and will not function properly without proper communication from the brain, spine, and nerves. This is most evident in humans who have lost spinal function through traumatic incidents as they most often suffer from multiple organ failure due to lack of nerve communication and physical motion. Simply put, our bodies and the bodies of our animal friends are meant to move…movement is life!
Chiropractic care can and is often coupled with acupuncture to optimize treatment goals. Nutritional supplements, herbal formulas, and a balanced nutrition plan are the foundation of overall health and should also be considered in the chiropractic patient and all patients.
All of our animal friends – from the young to our animals in their golden years – will reap the benefits of regular chiropractic care. Animal chiropractic is part of a holistic approach to animal wellness and should be used as an integrative modality in conjunction with high quality traditional veterinary care for every companion animal.