Animal Chiropractic

 

What is Animal Chiropractic or Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT)?

Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT) or Animal Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine. It is a type of health care that is based upon human chiropractic principles that a healthy nervous system leads to a healthy body. It is a safe and effective way to improve health, relieve pain and improve the nervous system function.

VSMT is more commonly known as Animal Chiropractic, if performed by a human chiropractor. The application of this is vast and utilizes adjustments to areas of vertebral subluxations to restore movement and facilitate proper function of the nervous system resulting in enhanced performance and quality of life. The nervous system controls every system in the body and it is extremely important that it is functioning properly.

Subluxations refer to a loss in the normal range of motion or a slight misalignment within a joint that causes irritation of the nerves and soft tissues. Subluxations may occur because of injury, illness or wear and tear. Simply going for a trail ride, jumping or throwing a ball at the park can cause subluxations. Chiropractic adjustments are ideal as they can restore joint motion and nerve function without causing substantial joint movement. At no point is the normal anatomic integrity of the joint exceeded or disrupted and as a result VSMT is not a painful procedure and well accepted.

It can be a great additional therapy and may help manage pain from many different conditions ranging from primary spinal, musculoskeletal disorders as well as urinary incontinence and anal gland problems. Combined with regular veterinary care VSMT can significantly improve your pets quality of life.

 

How do I know if my pet needs Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy?

VSMT can benefit performance animals or companion/pleasure animals. It can optimize performance in our working animals but it can also benefit animals recovering from injury, seniors and healthy animals too. VSMT can be incorporated into regular maintenance care to help increase range of motion and flexibility. VSMT can also help keep muscles and joints working optimally, thus preventing issues from occurring. Older arthritic patients are also great candidates for regular treatments which may help decrease the amount of medications needed to keep them comfortable. Almost every pet can benefit from VSMT. VSMT can also be useful for a variety of other conditions such as skin conditions, anal gland impactions, urinary incontinence and head shaking in horses.

 

How can VSMT help my pet?

It may help:

By reducing pain, increasing mobility, and improving stability, the nervous system can perform at its best therefore allowing the body to be healthier!
VSMT need not be limited to injured or sick pets. Athletic animals may benefit from regular adjustments to keep them at the top of their game!

 

Here are some signs that your pet might benefit from VSMT:

 

Dogs/Cats:

Displaying signs of pain (restlessness, panting, shaking, hunched back)
Low neck carriage
Trouble chewing
Muscle tension or weakness
Abnormal posture
Abnormal gait
Limping
Decreased performance
Hesitation to climb stairs or jump on furniture
Weakness
Abnormal tail carriage
Suddenly sitting with legs to one side
Animals with known arthritis

Horses:

Back soreness when touched, groomed or under saddle
Horses that are “girthy”
Unwilling to maintain canter
Changing leads or refusing leads
Rushing fences, refusing fences
Problems lifting legs
Change in performance or decreased speed
Muscle wasting or asymmetry
Bucking
Stiffness, arthritis, injuries
Lack of drive from behind
Unwilling to bend

 

How do I find a certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist (Animal Chiropractor)?

When searching for a Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist (Animal Chiropractor) for your pet you should look for someone that is certified. Doctors that are certified are licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine  or Doctor of Chiropractic who have received specialized training from an accredited approved animal chiropractic program. Graduates of these programs have completed over 220 hours of classroom learning and supervised hands on training in both companion animal and equine. They may also have additional certification through the College of Animal Chiropractors (CoAC) or the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AAVC).

Dr. Jordan Le Masurier obtained his VSMT from The Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Center and successfully completed an additional competency exam provided by the College of Animal Chiropractors. He is now a proud fellow member of the College of Animal Chiropractors.

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