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Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy
The practice of spinal manipulation therapy (i.e. in humans, it is known as “chiropractic”) involves the relationship between the nervous system, the spinal column and the critical role this relationship has in the maintenance of overall health. The bones of the spine are maintained in a specific alignment via the joint surfaces that connect one vertebra to the next. If there is a misalignment (also referred to a “subluxation”), then the surrounding nerves, connective tissue, muscles, blood vessels, and lymphatics become affected, resulting in pathology or dysfunction.
Subluxations of the spine can result in the animal compensating by having unusual postures or movements which may help them avoid pain. This over-compensation can result in strain on adjacent joint surfaces leading to secondary subluxations in other areas, further affecting the animal’s overall health. Spinal manipulation may help to restore range of motion; reduce pain, increase the animal’s flexibility and performance with the ultimate goal of improving their quality of life.
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