BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR CATS AND DOGS
The old adage of the “back cracking chiropractor” is a misnomer, brought on by those who are stuck in the belief systems of western medicine.
The practice of chiropractic care focuses on the health of the animal’s neuro-musculoskeletal systems. The neuro-musculoskeletal system is a fancy all-encompassing word that represents your animal’s brain-nerve communication, muscular system and skeletal system. All of these systems are of foremost responsibility for a properly functioning body. Nerves are responsible for your animal’s bodily functions including everything ranging from walking, scratching, eating, tasting, eliminating, thinking and feeling, sight and central nervous system. Anything and everything that an animal experiences on a sensory level is affected by her neuro-musculoskeletal system.
Particularly associated with an animal’s mobility, the spine is responsible for holding up the animal’s body. It also houses many acupuncture points that are associated with vital organ function. The spine’s proper alignment influences proper nerve function, as it has many nerves branching off of it. If a vertebra of the spine is compromised, the risk of nerve function impediment grows stronger. And the longer it remains compromised, the more the body develops in such a way to overcompensate for its weakness. After a long enough time, this can become irreversible. When it finally becomes irreversible, the compromised neuro-musculoskeletal system has the potentiality to cause severe damage.
In addition to readjusting the spine and neuro-musculoskeletal systems, animal chiropractic care has other health benefits. They can often replace surgery (Dr. Karen Becker; Animal Chiropractic Success Stories). They can reduce the need for medical drugs that induce side effects. Chiropractic adjustments can return the animal’s body into a state of balance without the use of drugs or surgery. Adjustments can also positively impact aging animals who have become moody. This is because just like humans, animals’ muscles, joints and tendons get sore. Through chiropractic adjustment, the animal’s musculoskeletal system can be realigned and decrease if not eliminate the root cause of the animal’s discomfort.
Sometimes, stress alone can contribute to poor skeletal health. If your animal lives in a stressful environment or has been around stressful people, the animal will begin to take on the stress due to extreme sensitivity to energy. When this happens, the animal’s stress can quickly snowball into a physical condition that needs immediate resolution.
The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to compromised vertebra in order to re-align neuro-musculoskeletal transmission. When an animal’s nerves properly communicate with their musculoskeletal system, the chiropractor has done his job, and the animal begins to heal. To do his or her job, there is no “back cracking”. There is a short series of simple, yet effective adjustments to ensure that the body’s systems are fully functional, promoting both optimal physical and spiritually energetic function.
Animal chiropractic care is not meant to replace veterinary care. Nor is it meant to replace other holistic care. To understand the nature of why your animal requires chiropractic care, you will want to examine the root cause. Often the symptoms of neuro-musculoskeletal imbalances are caused by an underlying issue. These issues may stem from various causes from abuse, overtraining or genetics to poor sleeping habits or lack of proper exercise. To examine and locate the origin of the compromised neuro-musculoskeletal system, you will want to understand the process of observation.
Observation is a crucial part of proper animal care. When we examine our animal friends while they are healthy, we will easily be able to note the moment at which there is a change in health. For example, we can note what our animal friends walk like, what colour their tongues are and how white their eyeballs are. By doing this, the moment our animal friend begins to walk “funny”, has a changing tongue colour or has red eyes, we will know that something in their body systems is off. Depending on what detail we notice, we can seek appropriate care.
For those who believe that chiropractic care is reserved for the human race, let us all be reminded that humans are not the only ones who have spines. All beings who have spines, neurologic transmission (brain-nerve communication), a musculoskeletal system and life force energy are candidates for chiropractic treatment and optimal wellness. All living beings deserve to have the best quality of life possible!