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The bones of the spine and joints are maintained in a specific alignment. The nerves surrounding each joint and vertebral articulation are in constant communication with the central nervous system, brain and organs. When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a subluxation. Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints and even distant organs, glands and body functions. The method of correcting these subluxations is known as chiropractic therapy or "adjustment." Chiropractic adjustments can change nervous system input, affect blood flow, and alter hormone and neurotransmitter levels, thereby directly affecting the organs, glands, skin, and joints.

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Chiropractic therapy is beneficial for mediating or resolving numerous conditions. Some of these include:
  • Neck, back, leg, and tail pain
  • Lameness
  • Trouble getting up and down
  • Muscle spasms and nerve problems
  • Injuries from slips, falls, and accidents
  • Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty chewing
  • Post-surgical care
  • Bowel, bladder, and internal medicine disorders
  • Maintenance of joint and spinal health
How is a chiropractic adjustment done?

A chiropractic adjustment is achieved by way of a short lever, high velocity controlled thrust by hand or instrument that is directed at specific body locations to correct vertebral subluxations. It comprises the adjustment of vertebral joints, extremity joints, and cranial sutures. A chiropractic treatment includes evaluating the patient's history, intended use/athleticism, health state, and prior x-rays and tests.

Will an adjustment hurt?

Most animals accept both the exam and adjustment without signs of pain. When a painful area is found, the practitioner will use the gentlest techniques to reduce pain before delivering an adjustment. In cases of acute or extreme pain, the doctor will often delay the complete adjustment until your companion can be relaxed.

What can I expect after an adjustment?

Many animals will show immediate improvement. Sometimes there is a 24-48 hour period of tiredness. Some animals require a few sessions to resolve acute pain. Often, with chronic health problems, the doctor will want to see your animal several times to maintain and re-establish normal function of the joints and nervous system.