Pet Chiropractics: A Growing Trend to Treat Our Furry Friends

The basic idea behind chiropractic treatment is that if your spine is out of alignment, it can’t work correctly.  This can cause irritation of the nerves, or spinal cord and consequently can irritate the brain stem.  Therefore, any animal with a nervous system be it dogs, cats, rabbits or humans, will benefit from treatment by someone who knows how.

The nervous system is the main system that allows every muscle and organ in the body to function properly. Realignment of the skeletal structure allows the nervous system to function naturally.  In doing this, Chiropractors offer an additional way to support the healing process of almost any disease.

A Growing Concept

Veterinary Chiropractic Centers are becoming more and more common and many Veterinary Clinics are beginning to add Chiropractic care to their menu of services.  With the development of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) as a certifying body, the industry itself has also become more regulated.  

What To Look for in Your Pet

There are symptoms that may suggest your pet could benefit from specialized care.

The most common warning signs tend toward the physical symptoms such as limping, refusal to climb stairs or into furniture, or in more extreme cases, the development of seizures.

There also can be indications based on a change of behavior. For example, if a dog is usually happy, full of energy or very well-behaved and overnight becomes shy, or begins to misbehave,  this may be a sign of an illness or a reaction to a change in the perceived family structure.  However, if nothing has changed within the household, like the introduction of a new pet, person or baby and any screening for illnesses come back negative, there may be a reason to consider a Chiropractic evaluation.

Cases Where Therapy Worked to Avoid Severe Conditions

Individual cases where Chiropractic treatment was used showed outstanding results.  

These include one patient who was able to avoid additional surgery for herniated disc repair and regained the ability to walk by undergoing 6 Chiropractic treatments instead. Another pet was able to skip any surgeries at all and reverse the paralysis that had taken hold in the rear legs.

Now, before you start scouring Google or Yelp for your nearest Pet Chiropractic Clinic, keep in mind that a chiropractor is not a substitute for your pet’s regular veterinarian. Always consult your pet’s Doctor first before pursuing Pet Chiropractic services.

How Your Chiropractor Can Treat Carpal Tunnel Pain

Most of us have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Since the use of home computers has become the norm, more and more people find they are suffering from this condition on one level or another.  

The carpal tunnel is a band of fibrous tissue located on the front side of the wrist. It contains the blood vessels, nerves, and tendons that are required for the hand to function properly. The Syndrome is caused by inflammation or damage to the tissues, or when pressure on the area constricts the arteries and nerves. The most common symptoms of this repetitive stress injury include tingling, numbness, pain in the wrists or hands and a weakening in the middle or index fingers, and thumb.

While most people think of chiropractic treatments as being designed for neck and back problems, it is, in fact, a whole-body wellness practice.  This makes it an effective and non-invasive way to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Chiropractic Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

There are four primary ways that chiropractors treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. These common treatments have shown to be very effective in treating the condition as a whole.

Adjustments

It all comes back to the spine.  When not in alignment, there are a number of issues that can occur, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Your chiropractor will work to realign the spine to its correct position. Then, if needed, make adjustments to other areas of the body being affected,  like the arms and wrists.

Ultrasound Therapy

Not just for seeing your baby for the first time, this technology is also used by chiropractors for the purpose of treating chiropractic conditions.  The device creates focused sound waves that penetrate deep into the body’s tissues. The effects include a reduction of inflammation and pain and the relaxation of the muscles. This treatment may be used singularly or in conjunction with other chiropractic treatments.

Acupuncture

Several studies have shown that this ancient practice can alleviate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and heal the injured nerves.  Resulting nerve conduction studies and ultrasonic imaging tests have been conclusive to show acupuncture does work to heal the nerves. Your Chiropractor will be able to advise you on whether this option is right for you.

Wrist Supports

These supports are designed to keep the wrist properly aligned with the rest of the arm, resulting in the reduction of compression due to excess pressure. Most often used as a preventative treatment, they are typically used by people whose work involves the harmful repetitive movements that can cause issues to begin. Use can also be in conjunction with regular chiropractic treatments as the ones mentioned above to aid in preventing the condition to develop.

There are also exercises and dietary habits that can assist.  Your Chiropractor may suggest one or more in an effort to keep you from experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other conditions. Proper treatment from a professional can result in relief of symptoms and promote healing without the use of medications or surgery.

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