Animal Chiropractic is a modality based on the biomechanics of the spine and nervous system, which is used to relieve chiropractic subluxations. The characteristics of a chiropractic subluxation include:
- Loss of motion in the joints between the vertebrae
- Pain on pressure of the vertebrae
- Increased or decreased tone of the muscles surrounding the vertebrae
- May include changes in temperature, swelling or scar tissue
The goal of animal chiropractic is to restore normal joint motion with an "adjustment" and to aid in neurologic reprogramming. Neurologic reprogramming can be thought of as an improvement of the message that one nerve sends to another. A chiropractic adjustment involves a controlled, high-velocity thrust over a specific joint, most commonly involving the joints between the vertebrae (backbones). Depending upon the duration and severity of the subluxation pattern, a series of adjustments allows gradual restoration of the biomechanics and neurologic function. Animal chiropractic is commonly thought of for back and neck pain but is often quite useful for animals with an abnormal gait, which can be caused by a limb injury or pain (ie arthritis).
At TOPS, we also may provide the chiropractic adjustments in the warm water of our therapy pool, which allows an adjustment to be made with decreased thrust and results in a more relaxed patient.