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Veterinary chiropractic care (a.k.a. veterinary orthopedic manipulation) is the practice of manipulating the spine in order to treat a disease.
Chiropractic is a modality of health care dealing with the nervous system. The spinal cord carries nerves that are distributed to every organ and tissue in the body. The nerves exit the spinal cord between the vertebral bones. A misalignment of the joints of the bones is called a subluxation. The joint then becomes tight and pain develops in that region.
Altered nerve impulses in the spinal column can affect tissues supplied by that nerve in an adverse manner. The functions of the organs may also be affected due to the sympathetic nerves coming from the spinal cord. The effects of a subluxation can lead to pain, disease, muscle weakness, immune system suppression, etc.
A chiropractic adjustment is a high velocity, low force thrust with a specific line of drive to correct the misalignment and restore proper skeletal movement.
Whenever considering canine chiropractic care, it is important that you first discuss the appropriateness of this type of treatment with your Veterinarian. If your Veterinarian examines your dog and feels that chiropractic care is appropriate, Dr. Derman is available to assist in a healing solution. A referral from your veterinarian or an exam by one of our veterinarians is required for scheduling.