What is Animal Chiropractic?
Animal Chiropractic is no different than Chiropractic for humans. It is intended to relieve pressure on joints, reduces inflammation, and improve nerve function. When vertebrae shift out of place, there is an overall negative systemic response from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow, animals' bodily systems cannot function at their highest potential.
Animal Chiropractic does NOT dispense medications, perform surgery, inject medications, or attempt to replace necessary traditional Veterinary care. Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pet health care.
Can any Chiropractor adjust my animal?
No, a regular human Chiropractor CANNOT adjust your animal, unless they have been specially trained and earned certification from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) or International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). A Veterinarian written referral is also REQUIRED prior to receiving Chiropractic care. The referral implies and confirms a valid Veterinarian/Patient/Owner relationship. Please download the referral form here: referral form
Dr. Hannah successfully completed the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association Certification Examinations in 2017 and is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission of the AVCA.
Why would my animal need to be adjusted and how can I tell if they need to be adjusted?
Chiropractic care is appropriate for the treatment of:
- Neck, back, leg and tail pain
- Muscles spasms, nerve problems
- Disc problems, joint problems, limping
- Injuries from slips, falls, and accidents
- Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty chewing
- Event or sports injuries
- Post-surgical care
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Bowel, bladder, and internal disorders
- Maintenance of joint and spinal health
- Chronic health problems
Indications for Care:
- Surgery involving anesthesia, seizures or neurological problems, recovery from illness or injury
- Geriatric household pet, behavior or mood change
- In horses, signs of navicular disease or laminitis
- Chronic health problems that do not resolve as expected
- Lameness, trouble getting up and down, athletic competitions
Will an adjustment hurt my animal?
- 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 expected after my animal has been adjusted?
- 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.