Chiropractic comes from the Greek words “cheir” (meaning hand) and “praxis” (meaning practiced by). It has been a popular form of natural therapy among humans for centuries, but animal chiropractic has just started to become popular among the veterinary community over the last 15 years. It is a form of manual therapy on the spine and other joints that uses the body’s own healing abilities to promote optimal function and natural healing.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
When it comes to the spine, there is a normal structure and normal motion within each segment. When this normal structure gets disrupted (due to trauma, injuries, or normal aging), it causes abnormal stress to the muscles, joints, discs, and bones, causing pain and abnormal wear and tear in the body. Most importantly, abnormal spine structure puts pressure on the nerves (which control and coordinate every function in the body). Prolonged nerve pressure in the body leads to dysfunction and disease.
A certified animal chiropractor can assess your pet for any structural shifts (also called subluxations) within the spine. When these shifts are present, a chiropractor will adjust those specific segments in the spine. Doing this helps restore proper structure and biomechanics which decreases pain, restores mobility, and reduces pressure on the nerves. This addresses the underlying cause of many conditions, rather than constantly trying to manage the symptoms. Prolonged care promotes normal structure and function within the body which helps you heal naturally and leads to an increased quality of life.
DOES MY PET NEED ANIMAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
If your pet suffers from any of the following, then they could benefit from chiropractic care:
- pain or stiffness
- muscle tenderness or asymmetry
- nerve irritation
- injuries from falls or rough play
- TMJ or jaw problems
- difficulty getting up/down
- chronic medical disorders that do not resolve as expected (ie. loss of bladder control)
- poor aging
- post-surgical pain or delayed healing
Animal chiropractic is safe, natural, and effective.
Dr. Jason Yakimishyn is a certified animal chiropractor and is currently seeing patients at Royal Ford Veterinary Hospital. Give us a call to schedule your complimentary consultation!
Royal Ford Veterinary Hospital - 610 Ford Drive, Unit 3. Oakville, ON L6J 7V7