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What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a philosophy of health. It is a means to ensure the health of the spine and nervous system.
Both human and animal spines are made up of several joints that can lose their normal motion or position under stress. When this occurs, it is called a vertebral subluxation; vertebral meaning ‘of the spine’ and subluxation meaning ‘less than a dislocation’.
This lack of motion or positional change creates an imbalance in bio-mechanical or neurological function.
In the short term, a vertebral subluxation is an effective way the body deals with stress. When, however, a vertebral subluxation does not resolve after the stressor has come and gone it may produce symptoms, either directly at the spine or indirectly through nerve interference.
Do Animals Get Subluxations?
YES, and they can benefit from chiropractic care!!!
Three Types of Stress Animals can Experience
Like humans, there are three types of stress animals can experience:
PHYSICAL: common culprits: traumas (both minor or major), poor fitting equipment (collars or saddle), type of exercise terrain (overexertion) or decreased activity
CHEMICAL: for example: nutritional diet, environmental pollutants, medications
EMOTIONAL: might include: separation anxiety, repetitive behaviours
What does a Chiropractic Adjustment do?
Chiropractors help their practice members by delivering chiropractic adjustments. One of Dr. Hayward’s goals is to locate and correct the nerve interference that is compromising the self-healing ability of the patient. As this nerve interference is reduced, function is improved allowing symptoms to resolve.
What is an Adjustment?
Sometimes Dr. Hayward’s hands deliver a quick, accurate thrust. Other times a slow constant pressure is used, for example with young animals. It is this precision, combined with the intent of decreasing nervous system interference, which produces results in both the human and animal world.
William D. Esteb and Melissa Sandford – What Every CA Should Know
Dr. Gene Giggleman D.V.M