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Introduction to Animal Chiropractic

What is Animal Chiropractic?

Just as with people, chiropractic care works to restore normal biomechanics. Proper movement patterns lead to proper functioning of the body's muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Through careful and preceise adjustments to their joints, chiropractic allows the animal to move more freely and provides an unrestricted internal environment for their nervous system to function at its peak. This allows our animals to get out of pain, to be their best, to effectively integrate treatments provided by their vet, and to express their own ability to be healthy.


Chiropractic is a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment often used as an alternative or complement to surgeries and rehabilitation.

How will it help my Companion?

Animals typically respond incredibly well to chiropractic treatments and can display many of the following benefits:


  • Decreased pain

  • Improved mobility, range of motion, and gait

  • Better temperament and mood

  • Balanced immune function

  • Better balance and coordination

  • Improved engagement

  • Better adaptation to conformation issues

  • Improved athletic performance

  • Better dietary habits

  • Improved bowel and bladder control

  • Increased energy

  • And many more...

What can I Expect?

Equine Appointments:

An equine chiropractic appointment typically lasts 45 minutes for evaluation and treatment. The eval includes examining static posture; observing the horse in a walk, trot, and canter; static and motion palpation of the animals spine and extremities. Treatment involves the chiropractic adjustment of the horse's musculoskeltal system. These adjustments are done entirely by hand and are both gentle and effective. Often the horse will display signs of relaxation during the treatment.


Small Animal Appointments:

Small animal chiropractic appointments typically last 20-25 minutes for evaluation and treatment. Other than a slightly shorter visit, the small animal appointment involves all of the same elements as a large animal appointment. The evaluation includes examining static posture; observing the animal in motion; static and motion palpation of the animals spine and extremities. The chiropractic adjustment of small animals is also done entirely by hand and is gentle and effective.

After the appointment

Positive and sometimes dramatic changes can be seen following a chiropractic adjustment.  You may notice improvement in their movement or stretching, positive changes in their attitude, and decreased signs of tension and pain. If your companion has a regular competition, work, or exercise schedule, it is good to allow them a short rest period before returning to work or play. Chiropractic is helping the animal engange their body in a new and more balanced fashion. A little rest gives them a chance to adapt to and integrate these changes.  Further follow-up care and details will be discussed during the appointment. 

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