Canine Chiropractic Care

Canine chiropractic care deals with the alignment of the spine and nervous system. The nervous system controls the function of each and every organ and tissue in the body. The nerves exit the spinal column between each vertebrae of the spine. A misalignment, or subluxation, of these vertebrae can thus impact the nerve function at that area. Decreased nerve function can lead to pain, disease, fatigue, muscle weakness, arthritis, poor balance, immune suppression, irritability, digestive problems, and skin and coat disorders. Canine chiropractic is designed to correct these subluxations and restore the integrity of the nervous system. Canine chiropractic care is an alternative, drugless method of health care. Keep in mind that canine chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine, but works very well along with it. The canine chiropractic adjustment is a specific adjustment designed not only to restore correct alignment and working order, but to restore proper nerve function as well. Canine chiropractic thus works to eliminate the cause of the problem, and not to simply treat the symptoms.

How to tell if your dog is sublaxated

Our beloved canine friends, as part of our family, benefit greatly from regular canine chiropractic care. Proactive care allows for their nervous system to function at its best. Some indications of subluxation in dogs are can be easily observed with the right training and knowledge. Here are some examples of structural or behavioral changes that indicate that your dog may be subluxated in one or more areas of his spine:

Watch your dog as it turns its head; there should be no tilt to the head as the dog reaches back. Check the length of your dog’s back legs. Their length should be equal and should stay the same when your dog turns its head, and then returns to the neutral position. Subluxation in the head, neck , or pelvis will cause one leg to be shorter than the other. Look for heat, tenderness, and swelling around the spine and the joints that articulate with the spine. Your dog may benefit from chiropractic care if he exhibits one or more of the following:

– Decrease in energy or level of performance
– Loss of wind capacity
– Problems or difficulty performing desired movements
– Behavioral changes
– Problems eating or refusing to play with toys
– Short striding, uneven strides, dragging, stumbling
– Diagnosis of arthritis
– Muscle imbalance, spasm, or atrophy
– Abnormal posture when standing or sitting
– Displacement of tail to one side
– Shaking of the head, ear problems, allergies
– Injuries resulting from falls or over-training
– Stressful living conditions
– Chronic degenerative diseases and immune system depression

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