What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a natural form of health care. Most people associate Chiropractic care only with back problems, and that is a misconception. Chiropractic deals with the Central Nervous System, which is located inside the spinal column. The spinal cord carries nerves that go to every organ in the body. These nerves exit the spinal column through areas between vertebrae, which are the individual back bones.
Adequate transmissions are vital to the proper functioning of the entire body. When vertebrae are misaligned, even very slightly, they affect the nerves and the flow of nerve transmissions, or energy. Chiropractors call these small misalignments "subluxations". The purpose of a Chiropractic adjustment is to correct the subluxation and restore proper functioning to the Central Nervous System. Chiropractic works to eliminate the cause of the problem, not just treat the symptoms! If you don't treat the problem than you are only temporarily relieving the symptoms. Temporary relief is like ignoring the oil light on the dashboard of your car. If it is left neglected, you will eventually impair the engine.
What Causes a Subluxation?
Subluxations are caused by traumas such as slips, falls, automobile accidents, and blows. Sometimes these accidents are major, like getting hit by a car. Sometimes they are minor, like slipping on ice. Even the birthing process can lead to subluxations if the spine is subjected to abnormal force at delivery time. Drugs and stresses are other causes of subluxation. As animals age, stresses naturally accumulate in their spine. Some animals that are used to carrying loads, such as riding horses, will subluxate as a result of these forces on their backs.
Can any animal be treated?
YES! Horses, dogs, cats, cattle, birds and goats can all be treated with animal chiropractic. From parakeets to race horses, any animal that has a spine can potentially benefit from chiropractic treatment. Our office has experience with horses, dogs and cats.
How long will this take?
Chiropractic care takes time since we are allowing the body to heal itself after the proper nerve function has been restored. Animals recover very rapidly as a rule, but older animals and more serious problems take more time. Some problems are so serious that Chiropractic care will not completely solve the problem. Sometimes referrals for laboratory analysis or radiographs may be necessary. This is the case when problems such as fractures may be present.
Do you have to be referred by a veterinarian?
A veterinarian referral is not required before Dr Langdon can treat your animal.
How do you determine if chiropractic care is warranted?
Animals are first given a physical examination to establish their state of health and to determine any health problems they may have. If problems are found that require surgical or medical attention, you will be referred back to your regular veterinarian. The animals then undergo a chiropractic analysis to determine the health of their spine and the spinal segments that require adjustments.
How many visits will this require?
Dr Langdon will establish the schedule of adjustments the animal needs. Most animals are seen on a weekly basis, unless they are in obvious distress. Some may require more frequent visits at first, but most need to be seen weekly for the only 4-6 weeks. Generally, by that time the visits may be extended to greater intervals until the spine is maintaining the corrections. Maintenance visits will be recommended to keep the animal's spine in alignment. Just as it is important to maintain your animal's general health, it is important to make sure the spine is kept in optimum condition. Chiropractic care is directed towards preventing disease in the body. Most animals should have yearly examinations and adjustments. Older animals may need to be seen more frequently.
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