Veterinary Chiropractic Care2017-12-08T16:57:27+00:00

Veterinary Chiropractic Care

Also known as spinal manipulation therapy, veterinary chiropractic offers our canine and feline patients a gentle way to encourage their own bodies’ healing mechanisms by using manual therapy or chiropractic adjustments. We are able to increase healing without the use of invasive drugs or chemicals, increasing performance and improving quality of life.

Animal chiropractic offers non-surgical, drug-free options for correcting joint, disc, and soft-tissue disorders related to improper skeletal alignment and/or movement. Chiropractic also provides overall health benefits, including superior immune function, healthier metabolism and a resilient nervous system, which will enhance your animal’s natural ability to heal from future sickness.

The American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines recommend a licensed veterinarian examine and establish a preliminary diagnosis prior to any initiation of alternative medical treatment. During this initial exam, the gait, posture and the alignment of the vertebra and extremities are evaluated.

Jean Tuttle In 2012, veterinarian Jean Tuttle of LakeCross Veterinary earned the additional designation of Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist and is a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors.

Common Misconceptions

Misconception: Animal Chiropractors Treat Bones That are “Out of Place”

The truth: Chiropractors are distinctive in that they treat joints that are not moving correctly, but the examination and treatment of these joints always remains within the normal range of motion. Some manipulative techniques do work with bones out of place, or luxated, but the trained animal chiropractor refers these patients to their veterinarian for proper care.

Misconception: Animal Chiropractors “Crack Backs”

The truth: The noise you might hear during a chiropractic treatment, especially in humans, is called cavitation. Joints are surrounded by a very strong tissue and the joint space is filled with fluid for lubrication. If separated slightly, as in a chiropractic treatment, some of the fluid may change to gas creating a “pop”. This does not always happen, and is NO indication as to the effectiveness of a treatment. Cavitation is rare when treating animals as their physiology is different than humans.

Frequently Asked Questions About Veterinary Chiropractic Care

Simply put animal chiropractors look for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities which have an effect on the nervous system and the entire body. The goal of the animal chiropractor is to restore proper movement of the affected joints so the nervous system and body can function at its maximum healthy potential.

Basically chiropractic care is a manual method of treatment. The word “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek meaning “To perform with the hands”. Adjusting an animal is somewhat similar to being adjusted by a human chiropractor in that once the animal chiropractor finds an area that has either decreased or restricted motion the doctor applies a high force, low amplitude thrust specific to the anatomy of the joint thereby restoring normal movement.
The first visit takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Then any follow up visits take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Sometimes after the adjustment the animal can be sore. If performed correctly and with proper training, chiropractic is safe and effective in treating your animal.
Sometimes during an adjustment the animal can experience discomfort for a brief moment.

Generally the animal should have the remainder of the day to rest. Each animal is evaluated on an individual basis and the doctor will provide you with the best course of action that is right for your animals.

They are either a Doctor of Chiropractic or a Veterinarian.

They have successfully completed one of the 3 recognized animal chiropractic schools. Those schools are Options for Animals Healing Oasis and Parker Chiropractic College.

They are certified either by the AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) or the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association). There is NO Board certification in animal chiropractic.

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