Chiropractic

The following information can be found on Dr. Emilie Lanquetot's website: www.allpetschiro.com

Dr. Lanquetot is a veterinarian who is a certified animal chiropractor and we are fortunate that she is available for consultations and adjustments at our hospital. More information about her is also available on her website.

WHAT IS VETERINARY CHIROPRACTIC?

The word chiropractic is derived from the Greek word cheir meaning hands. Veterinary chiropractic is a manual therapy which can be used for many health and performance problems and for all animals.

Veterinary chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. It focuses on the structure and function of the spinal column, its intimate relationship with the nervous system along with its role in biomechanics and movement. Chiropractors believe that joint dysfunction affects the normal neurologic balance found in healthy individuals and interferes with the body's innate ability to maintain homeostasis and heal itself.

Veterinary chiropractors treat Vertebral Subluxation Complexes (VSC). A VSC is defined as an aberrant relationship between two adjacent articular structures. It consists of any of these 5 primary components:

1. Abnormal motion and position of the vertebrae
2. Abnormal nervous system function
3. Abnormal muscle function
4. Abnormal soft tissue changes
5. Degeneration

Veterinary chiropractic treatment can be used in a wide variety of cases including but not limited to:

• musculoskeletal problems such as osteoarthritis, spondylosis, ligament or tendon injury, muscle spasms
• neurologic disorders
• fitness maintenance and performance enhancement
• geriatric care


WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?


Animals with VSCs may present with various signs, that often indicate pain. The following might easily be observed by an attentive pet owner:

• reluctance to move
• abnormal posture
• abnormal gait (irregularity, shortened stride, decreased range of motion)
• stiffness
• muscle atrophy
• difficulty climbing stairs or jumping on raised areas
• difficulty when getting up after lying down
• altered performances
• unwillingness to perform certain movements or being lifted
• altered sitting position ("puppy sitting")
• lying on one side only
• negative changes in behavior
• sensitivity to touch
• incontinence
• unusual itching, licking
• changes in eating and eliminating

Note: This is an incomplete list, in which the purpose is to highlight the signs most commonly seen. If your pet presents with any of these signs, you should consult first with one of our veterinarians.


WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?


A chiropractic adjustment is a specific, low amplitude, high velocity controlled thrust that is directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations. It is done by directly placing the hands on the affected vertebra. It induces changes in joint structures, muscle functions and neurologic reflexes. It includes the adjustment of vertebral joints, extremity joints and cranial sutures.

A chiropractice consultation includes a thorough history of the patient, a neurologic examination, stance and gait analysis and motion and static palpation; prior to spinal, extremities or cranial adjustments. Most animals accept the adjustment without signs of pain.

After an adjustment most animals will show immediate improvement. However a 24-48 hour period of tiredness might be seen. Depending on the cause of the VSC, some animals may require a few sessions to resolve pain and reestablish normal function of the joints and nervous system.

Only qualified chiropractors are trained to recognize and treat subluxations. If you think your pet may benefit from a chiropractic examination, talk to one of our veterinarians.