In order to understand animal chiropractic, you need to understand Chiropractic first. Chiropractic is the philosophy, science, and art of things natural. It is a nonsurgical and drug-free approach to healing and is focused around the function of the nervous system, which is housed within the spinal column.
These same principles apply to animals. They too have a spine and central nervous system that works much like ours. Animals instinctively don't show pain like humans do, so when they have a subluxation they can experience symptoms such as obvious changes in gait, hesitation to jump on furniture or go up and down stairs, behavioral changes due to pain/sickness, constant licking, dry skin, and many others.Animals talk to us; you just have to know their language. They experience symptoms just like you and me. And Like I said, my job is to remove the subluxation & restore communication back to the nervous system. So if you notice your animal showing any of these indications, they need to see a chiropractor.
My job is to remove this subluxation. I do that with a high velocity, low amplitude, gentle thrust to a specific joint usually along the spine either using my hands or an instrument. I say usually because I do adjust extremities sometimes (arm and leg joints). So the Chiropractors role is to remove the subluxation, restore motion, help the nervous system perform at 100% and allow the body to heal itself. Because chiropractors believe that the power that made body, can heal the body.
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You see the central nervous system (CNS) is in charge of making all the other organ systems (like cardiovascular, digestive, immune, urinary, reproductive systems, etc..) work properly. In fact, it is so important, we refer to it as the “master system.” This is the most complex organ system in the body, so complex that it requires more time to develop. So when human life begins, the brain and spinal cord are first to form. They continue to develop and make connections throughout the 10 months inside the womb and for the next few years outside of the womb. The CNS provides the communication pathways between the brain and rest of the body.
To give you a visual example, from about the hairline all the way down to the beltline is what we refer to as the spinal column. It’s made up of 24 bones that collectively make up the spine (vertebrae). Sets of nerves branch out in 4 sections from the spine. All the nerves along the neck, which is what we call the cervical region, branch out and plug into the head, neck, shoulders, and down towards your fingertips and every tissue/organ within the skull.. The nerves that branch out from the midback, which we call thoracic, just behind your chest plug into the heart, lungs, and all the muscles and skin within the ribs. Finally the low back, or lumbar, nerves branch out and connect to everything below the ribs like the hips, legs, and tippy toes and all the organs from the diaphragm down. The sacrum plugs into the reproductive, bowel/bladder organs.
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Chiropractic can help your pet.
Along the route of some of these nerve pathways, can arise a blockage or an interruption of communication. We, as chiropractors, refer to this as a subluxation. So in other words, a subluxation is anything that blocks the communication pathway between the brain and the body. Think of it like static on a phone call. If I’m trying to talk to you on the phone and there’s static on the line, there’s not going to be a clear message being conveyed. But when I remove the static, or remove the subluxation, the connection becomes clear between you and I-between the brain and body. So there’s 100% communication restored and therefore 100% organ function is restored.
A Subluxation can arise in 3 main ways. Thoughts- the good and bad stresses of everyday life, from school, home, work can have a profound affect on the body. Obviously traumas, like slips, falls, accidents, poor ergonomics, micro-traumas (truck driver example). And finally toxins such as certain foods we eat or drink, medications, alcohol, environmental toxins like pollutants, radiation and other things like that. These are the causes of a subluxation.
**ANIMAL CHIROPRACTIC DOES NOT DISPENSE MEDICATIONS, PERFORM SURGERY, INJECT MEDICATIONS OR ATTEMPT TO REPLACE NECESSARY TRADITIONAL VETERINARY CARE. ALWAYS CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR ANY EMERGENCIES.**
Understanding animal chiropractic starts by learning how the nervous system works, knowing the subluxation and how it arises, understanding the chiropractor's role, and finally, knowing why we need animal chiropractic.
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