What is Animal Chiropractic?

Animal Chiropractic is a developing area of expertise in animal healthcare.

Animal Owners
Most people recognize that loving and caring for their pets extends beyond providing basic food and shelter. Quality pet healthcare is no longer limited to spaying and immunizations. People are looking for conservative ways to achieve optimal health and function for their four-legged companion that is safe and effective. Animal chiropractic is a non-surgical, drug-free approach for correcting or managing many musculoskeletal disorders that affect the joints, disc, soft-tissues, and nerves, that are bio mechanical in nature.

When a joint become restricted in its range of motion(hypomobile or ‘locked-up’), through trauma, repetitive injury, degenerative changes, or structural stresses, the surrounding tissues are affected. This, in turn, further affects the joints ability to move freely and sensitive structures are activated causing the area to be sensitive or painful. Nerves are the communication links between all tissues in the body to the brain and spinal cord; when joint dysfunction is present, messages to other areas are also affected, which can lead to pain, weakness, reduced function, and compensatory changes. Animal chiropractic focuses on the restoration of movement and the promotion of heath by restoring normal joint mechanics and soft-tissue function, thus, normalizing neurological patterns that facilitate healing . The main tool an animal chiropractor uses to restore joint motion is called an “adjustment”, or veterinary spinal manipulation. This gentle, specialized, manual skill, involves the application of a quick, low-force maneuver that is directed to a specific area of a joint at a specific angle. A certified animal chiropractor understands these joint angles intimately and can best asses if an animal can benefit from chiropractic care, and, is the only professional who is qualified to adjust your pet.

Chiropractic care is not limited to sick or injured pets. Healthy and athletic animals are ideal candidates for chiropractic care. Maintaining proper structural alignment and motion allows optimal function of the muscles, nerves, and tissues that support the joints, resulting in improved mobility, stance and flexibility. Good alignment improves agility, endurance, and overall performance. Broader benefits include superior immune function, healthier metabolism and a vibrant nervous system, all facilitating your animal’s natural ability to heal. Chiropractic care can enhance the quality of your pet’s life ensuring active and healthy years.

Today, more and more veterinarians are either recommending chiropractic care or providing this valuable service at their office since it addresses the specialized areas of bio mechanics and the functional nervous system, which often go unnoticed by traditional veterinary care. By working in conjunction with veterinarians, animal chiropractors aid in restoring your pet’s optimal health with a holistic approach. Animal chiropractic does not replace veterinary medicine or assume the responsibility of primary health care of animals, it enhances it through an integrative approach.

Chiropractic care for animals is one of the fastest growing and most valuable occupations available in animal healthcare today.

Animal Owners
Doctors certified in animal chiropractic or veterinary spinal manipulation are widely recognized and available throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world. These practitioners are either licensed doctors of chiropractic or veterinary medicine who have received additional, specialized training from an accredited animal chiropractic program. Many of them also successfully completing certifying exams from either the College of Animal Chiropractors(CoAC), American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA), or the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). These certified animal chiropractic professionals are trained and experienced in attending to your pet’s chiropractic needs.

Animal chiropractic unifies two great professions providing a combination of unique skills and proficiency to care for your animal. It is beneficial for performance animals, injured animals, athletes, show animals, and family pets. Whether to enhance performance, address injury or illness, or simply for preventative care, animal chiropractic can make a positive difference in your animal’s life.

You can find a certified animal chiropractor in most major cities in the United States, Canada and around the world. To locate these doctors, check our website section ‘Find an Animal Chiropractor’. If you don’t have access to a practitioner in your region, speak with your veterinarian or chiropractor. CoAC can provide enrollment information for chiropractors or veterinarians should they wish to become qualified in animal chiropractic. Call CoAC today for more information. Your pet is depending on you!