Daily exercise and play sessions form a vital part of our pets’ everyday lives. However, while living an active lifestyle may be enjoyable, it requires top spinal health and flexibility. More and more veterinarians are now recommending chiropractic care to treat injuries, restore mobility and relieve pain in animals, particularly in aging pets, working dogs, or those involved in intense obedience and agility training. But the benefits of chiropractic care don’t end there; this form of manipulation therapy is also becoming increasingly popular in treating a surprising number of other health problems, from separation anxiety to incontinence.
Chiropractic care involves undergoing spinal manipulation or manual therapy to move misplaced vertebrae in the spine (also known as vertebral subluxations) back into their normal position to release pressure on the surrounding nerve tissue. This, in turn, relieves pain and enables the body to naturally heal itself.
Chiropractic is most commonly administered as an additional treatment option for animals suffering from spinal problems or biomechanical-related musculoskeletal disorders. Injuries and disorders like these can cause your pet’s health to deteriorate quickly, and can severely affect movement, posture, and flexibility, and even impact other muscles and joints in the body.
What is chiropractic treatment used for?
Chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a number of conditions, including:
- Chronic musculoskeletal problems
- Acute tension or stiffness
- Separation anxiety
- Muscle spasms and nerve problems
- Diagnosed pathologies such as hip dysplasia and CCL rupture
- Skin problems such as lick granulomas
Chiropractic care can also be used to enhance performance, prevent illness and maintain fitness, as well as treat animals suffering from injuries or lameness.