Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractic addresses disease from the perspective that disease results from an imbalance in the nervous system. Vertebral subluxations create imbalances in the nervous system that impede nervous energy flow to the tissues. The chiropractic adjustment corrects the subluxation, thereby removing this nervous interference. This allows return of the normal nervous energy flow to the tissues. The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to decrease pain and muscle spasms in the area of the subluxated joints as well as restore proper motion to the affected joint and stimulate neurological reflexes. Your dog may benefit from chiropractic care if he or she exhibits one or more of the following signs:

  • Decrease in level of performance, laziness; remember the nervous system supplies the body with energy
  • Loss of wind capacity (rib subluxation will affect the dog's ability to respire)
  • Problems or difficulty executing desired movements (climbing stairs, jumping on the couch, agility obstacles)
  • Behavioral changes (starting to snap, refusal to play with family members)
  • Problems eating or refusing to play with toys
  • Short striding, uneven strides, nail dragging, or stumbling
  • Muscle imbalance, spasms, or atrophy
  • Abnormal posture when standing, standing with hips uneven, choosing to stand on uneven ground, not squaring up when urinating or holding tail to one side
  • Shaking of the head, constant ear problems, or allergies
  • Injuries resulting from falls, training or other activities
  • Stressful situations, such as poor conformation of the dog, various training equipment, performance level and ability of the dog
  • Chronic disease conditions, multiple repetitive infections or weak immune systems


Acupuncture is indicated mainly for functional problems such as those the involved paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:
  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis or vertebral disc pathology
  • Skin problems such as lick granulomas
  • Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Neurological disorders such as epilepsy
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