Millions of people around the globe swear by chiropractic care, especially due to its ability to safely and effectively treat chronic pain without the need for invasive surgery. But a new wave of furry clients is flooding chiropractors’ offices, and they are garnering the same benefits as their human counterparts. Through specialized adjustments suitable for animals, chiropractors are able to provide the same pain relief and healing benefits of traditional treatment in order to get pets back on their feet. Following is a brief description of how chiropractic treatment for pets came to be, and how it might be the perfect solution to their chronic pain.
History of Chiropractic Treatment for Pets
Chiropractic treatment for pets is no new development – in fact, it dates back to 1985. However, it did not gain popularity until 1989, when Sharon Willoughby-Blake, a veterinarian and chiropractor, started Options for Animals. The practice initially served the equine world, helping show and race horses heal from minor injuries and ailments, but today it has become common practice for cats and dogs,as well. This new found popularity arose as pet owners began to search for natural alternatives to treat pain associated with arthritis, sprains, joint pain, and other ailments without resorting to invasive surgery or pain medication.
Getting Your Pet Back to Its Old Self
The process of chiropractic adjustment for pets is similar to that performed on humans. An animal’s joints can become misaligned over time, placing excessive pressure on the surrounding nerves and causing immense pain. Through targeted spinal adjustments, a chiropractor is able to realign the spinal discs and relieve this pressure, resolving many chronic and acute conditions that affect the pet’s daily life.
Common problem areas that are treated include the neck, back, legs, and tail. Through special techniques, chiropractors can also relieve muscle spasms, disc and joint problems, as well as pain caused by arthritis. Just like in the case of humans, pain relief can be achieved immediately, seeing how the pet is able to walk and run with less visible pain.
Signs Your Pet May Have Spinal Subluxations
Symptoms that your pet may have a subluxation can range from mild to severe and will usually be identified by a change in your pet’s behavior. In dogs, this is often expressed through an increase in panting, pacing, or yelping, as well as a noticeable decrease in a desire to walk or run.
Dogs and cats may display their pain by refusing to jump up onto things they usually would, will show sensitivity when being touched in certain areas, express notable pain on their face, and may even develop fear biting due to immense pain in their back, neck, or legs. If your pet shows any of these signs, chances are they are in more pain than they are letting on, and you should consult your veterinarian immediately.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Co-Owner of Active Life Chiropractic in Plantation, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.