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Understanding Chiropractic Treatments

Does this sound familiar – your dog is in pain or has struggled with its loss of movement, you’ve tried surgery, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy but the discomfort doesn’t entirely go – maybe now is the time to try a dog chiropractor.

Dog chiropractic support is a holistic, all natural approach to treating a number of joint, muscular and skeletal problems that are common in some dogs and certain breeds. The principles and practices behind veterinary chiropractic are nearly identical to those used with humans.

The most common way both human and animal chiropractors treat misalignment of the vertebrae and other problems is through low force manual manipulation of the spinal column, joints or other affected areas. These adjustments help improve mobility and function and alleviate physical stress, strain and pain by removing the source of the symptom and letting the body heal itself.

A dog chiropractor can help treat a long list of disorders and injuries and ailments. The following are some of the more common conditions dog chiropractors treat:

  • Subluxations
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Osteoarthritis relief
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Forelimb lameness
  • Stiffness
  • Post-surgery recovery

Chiropractic care isn’t necessarily suitable for every dog, just as some medications, surgery or other treatments aren’t a one-size-fits-all answer. It’s crucial to keep in mind that chiropractic for dogs isn’t a substitution for standard veterinary care.

So when should you consider a canine chiropractor? If your dog hasn’t responded well or has had negative side effects from medications or other standard treatments, or if your dog isn’t a candidate for surgery, a dog chiropractor can be a huge help.

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