Animal chiropractic is a hands-on natural approach to your animal's health care. Chiropractic care for animals is not new and its benefits have been known for decades. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s that animal chiropractic finally become a recognized discipline in the field of animal health care largely through the relentless efforts of Dr. Sharon Willoughby who was both a veterinarian and a chiropractor.
Animal chiropractic concerns itself with the relationship of the spine and nervous system to the overall proper functioning and well-being of an animal. In conjunction with appropriate veterinary care, many specific neurologic, muscular, and skeletal or joint-related conditions and diseases respond very well to chiropractic care. The application of animal chiropractic involves a quick, controlled, and gentle force, or adjustment, directed to specific joints of the spine and/or limbs that have abnormal or restricted movement (i.e. subluxation). The adjustment helps to restore normal joint range of motion and mobility, relieve pain, and improve nerve and muscle function. Chiropractic can be used as a rehabilitative form of treatment or as part of a regular maintenance care program to prevent against injury and enhance your animal's overall mobility, health and quality of life.
Chiropractic care is not intended to replace traditional veterinary care but should be utilized in conjunction with appropriate veterinary care to improve the overall health and wellness of your animal. Dr. Batch, a graduate of the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre, believes the best type of healthcare is prevention, and that striving for optimal mobility and health, not just the absence of disease or dysfunction, should be the goal of every animal owner.
Canadian Chiropractic Magazine highlights animal chiropractic and the certification program offered by the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre in Brantford, Ontario in this short video: