Before I get started with any treatment, I learn about the animal’s case history. Next, I’ll complete an examination that includes a posture analysis, examining the range of motion in vertebral joints, and checking for any differences in temperature or swelling over the spine. If I can’t take the case, I’ll recommend the animal needs to go back to the vet for further testing, consult a surgeon, or in the case of the horse, see the veterinarian, farrier or equine dentist.
Chiropractors who treat humans can do manual adjusting or instrument adjusting. My husband and I use Activator Methods and Impulse IQ adjusting instrument when doing chiropractic treatment on humans because it is more specific, less force and great for pregnant patients, those with injuries from auto accidents, post surgical, and patients who are in a lot of pain.
The activator is a metal tool containing a extremely fast moving internal piece that does the adjusting. It makes a clicking sound which some clicker trained dogs love, but some are spooked by it. I use both manual and activator adjusting as needed. On horses – even though the tool causes a reflexive motion that results in reflexive relaxation of the muscles around the joint, it is important to use the hands on some parts of the horse.
My manual spinal realignment treatment includes HIGH velocity, LOW Force adjustments (quick, precise thrusts) angled within a specific area to correct a joint misalignment. The adjustment may seem small, but it’s significant.
Most animals will find the treatment relaxing. They may seem apprehensive or jump at the time of the initial adjustment, but usually, they’ll begin to chew or pass gas after a correct adjustment is made. Often, animals are excited to see me during their follow up visit. It’s possible that they begin to associate feeling better with visiting me, so they are eager to come back. Maybe it’s just my charming personality, my jokes or my treats.
Generally, your animal will need to rest for the remainder of the day. My goal is to restore proper motion to the affected joint, decrease pain, and improve overall movement. This is just the beginning of the healing process. The speed of recovery depends on the severity of the case. Factors may include the length of time the problem existed, damage, and the animal’s condition and cooperation. Remember, continued care may be required for your animal to complete the healing process.
If there is no improvement after two to three treatments – provided you tried prescribed rest and recommendations – it is usually time to try something else. Your vet and I will walk you through every step of the way.