Contrary to public perception, spinal manipulative therapy (like chiropractic
in humans) is more than just putting a bone into place and is as useful in
domestic animals as in people. When properly done, this modality can have
impacts on muscles, organs and nerves as well as spinal alignment. This is very
useful for animals who are having any lameness or neurological problems as well
as a multitude of other issues. Many nerves originate from the spine, such as
those affecting respiration and digestion; therefore, many organ problems can
improve with spinal adjustments. Misalignment in the spine can result in
abnormal nerve sensations radiating down the limbs so that owners may notice
their dog chronically licking its leg.
Additionally, many older animals can be helped by regular adjustments. If your
dog is having problems getting into the car, going up and down stairs, chewing
its food, picking up its toys, getting on the furniture or your cat suddenly
can not jump up anymore, you are likely dealing with spinal misalignment. Horses
who throw their owners, have lameness issues or are sensitive to their bits or
saddles are generally in need of adjustments.