A large dog receiving chiropractic treatment from a veterinarian.

Chiropractic uses high-velocity, low amplitude force applied to joints (between vertebrae or in limbs) to restore normal movement and range of motion. This can be performed either manually or with a device (actuator) by a licensed chiropractor or certified veterinarian.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic is most helpful in alleviating stiffness and pain (especially secondary). After orthopedic or neurological injury, the body attempts to stabilize itself by tightening muscles in nonaffected areas. This results in postural and gait asymmetry and compensatory pain. Over time, the nervous system adapts to these changes in body positioning even after the inciting injury has resolved. Chiropractic not only helps to restore lost motion between vertebrae or in other joints, but it also provides pain relief in a way similar to massage.

Chiropractic can be used to for:

  • Mild back pain
  • Neurological conditions
  • Stiffness post exercise
  • Alleviating postural changes secondary to orthopedic disease

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