What is Chiropractic?

Dr. Judy adjusting Kali Animal Chiropractic is a natural, non-drug, non-surgical primary health care that acts to restore balance to the nervous system in order for the body to regain its health.

How is this done?

Chiropractors check for subluxations, or minor misalignments of the bones of the spine and other joints which can cause nerve interference or a loss of health.

Subluxations, or spinal misalignments can be the cause of many different symptoms Although pain is the #1 symptom, subluxations can show up, for example, as an animal shifting weight to the other side and compensating, thereby avoiding pain. Your pet might exhibit postural changes, maybe stop jumping up or down, be less playful, whine, or jerk in pain when you touch it.

Did you ever have a pebble in your shoe?

A subluxation is like having a pebble in your shoe. It's a physical problem, not chemical, not emotional. Remember what you did to get rid of a pebble? At first, you probably moved it around in your shoe. Let's say that you walked on it for a while. Can you picture yourself changing the way you walk to avoid the pain in your foot? Can you see how the pain would then travel up your leg, make you irritable, maybe give you a headache or make you feel queasy in your stomach?

Removing a subluxation is like removing a pebble from your shoe. It is a physical solution to a physical problem.

How Can Animal Chiropractic Apply to My Pet?

Pets continually undergo all kinds of minor traumatic injuries. They can occur while playing in the park, jumping in and out of the car, up or down beds, banging into walls, and falling down, just to name a few causes.

Subluxations usually manifest as pain. Your pet might be shifting its weight off a side as if it has a pebble in its shoe. Has your pet changed its posture? Has it refused to climb stairs? Is it less playful? Has its personality changed? The list is endless.

How Can I Know If My Pet Is Subluxated?

A Chiropractic diagnosis is the first step in determining if Animal Chiropractic is appropriate for your pet. An animal chiropractor will integrate the information from any previous veterinary examinations.

The animal chiropractor will take a complete history. Your pet will be observed, standing and walking, for compensations and abnormal movement. Examples of what a chiropractor is looking for might be a sway, a tendency not to put weight on a joint or side, a hesitation, a painful movement.

It takes a trained eye to identify subluxations.

A static examination is then performed with the animal standing still. The chiropractor checks the position of the vertebrae with respect to one another. Motion palpation is introduced vertebra by vertebra to see if there are spinal units that are not working well together. Limb joints are then examined for subluxations and reduced ranges of motion.

How Does an Animal Chiropractor Correct Subluxations?

Dr. Judy adjusting a dog at Pawsway Once a diagnosis is made, the subluxation is removed by a gentle, highly skilled adjustment or correction to the joint of the spine or limb. This will restore the normal position of the bones and normal mechanics of the region. The muscles in the area will begin to relax by themselves and normal motion will be restored.

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

Initially patients are seen once a week. Pets respond much faster than humans with results apparent within the first few treatments. Treatment is quite affordable.

Regular Maintenance

Once the initial problem has been dealt with, our clinic recommends regular periodic checkups to keep the spine in order. Frequency depends on the age and flexibility of the pet.

What Do Pets Say About Animal Chiropractic?

Pets cooperate well because they sense that you are trying to help them. The treatment is gentle and safe and they love getting a treat at the end.

Many pets immediately become playful after an adjustment, and go and enjoy a walk in the park across the street.

Our dog patients come to visit us. We are told by their owners that the pets drag and pull them toward the door of our clinic while on a routine neighbourhood walk. We love when they stop by just to say hello.