Chiropractic treatment of animals may sound strange at first but it is actually extremely popular amongst horse owners, greyhound trainers as well as beloved family pets. So why do animals get treated by Melbourne Chiropractors? Well, the most simple explanation is that animals have spines just like you and I! And given animals experience the same levels of physical stress and trauma on their bodies this can potentially lead to aches, pains, tension, arthritis and many other musculo-skeletal related problems. Not only do Animal Chiropractors look after the health of your animals spine but they can also assess the extremity joints.
During your pet’s initial consultation we cover a thorough history to identify any factors that may be directly or indirectly contributing to your pet’s condition. It is vital any “red flags” (i.e. pathology or conditions) are identified that may require an altered treatment protocol. A review of your animals history usually involves the Chiropractor asking the owner questions about your pet’s past medical and health history such as:
– “History of significant injuries?” e.g. falls, any violence etc..
– “Any surgeries?” “Any current medications?”
– “Loss of appetite?” “Changes in behaviour?”
It is important the chiropractor does a visual assessment of your pet. This involves him/her looking for whether there are any signs of:
Often this observation will provide the chiropractor with clues and information that will lead to further physical assessments and examinations.
Following a thorough observation of your animal, a physical assessment will take place including:
Once the above is done, a relevant management plan can be put in place and treatment can commence.
Firstly, the Chiropractors will assess your pet by palpation of their spine, limbs and body. This palpation is aimed at finding areas of your pet’s body that demonstrate tension, weakness or lack of movement. In general, animal Chiropractic techniques are more gentle then regular traditional Chiropractic care of human adults. This gentle mobilisation can be administered via special mechanical impulse instruments to return normal movement to the spine and limbs, therefore relaxing muscle tension. As well as gentle mobilisation, our Chiropractors are also trained in a range of massage, soft-tissue techniques and exercises which may specifically benefit your pet if needed.
We have 10+ practices around Melbourne where you can bring your pet – Hawthorn, Hoppers Crossing, Carlton, Craigieburn, Melton and Pakenham.
Wellbeing has practice locations all around Melbourne, such as our Hawthorn practice, which is 15-minutes from the Melbourne CBD. Out in the Western suburbs at Werribee, and out East, we have the Pakenham practice which is located at 3 Rogers St Pakenham.
1. How can a Chiropractor help my pet?
Very similar to in humans, Chiropractors use adjustments to correct mechanical joint dysfunction of the spine and limbs to improved function.
2. Why is my pet moving different?
Pets adopt abnormal positions or movement when they are in pain to reduce or avoid painful motion. Chiropractors seek to restore normal biomechanics in the body to re-establish normal gait patterns.
3. Can my pet’s problem get worse?
If unattended animals similar to humans will generally continue to deteriorate with their symptoms. Dog Chiropractors aim to restore normal movement and function in joints.
4. What do animal Chiropractors do?
Our team of animal Chiropractors take thorough history, followed by physical examination and palpation of your pet. Once assessed we will inform you if any treatment is required. Treatment normally incorporates, chiropractic adjustments, arthrostim, activator and mobilisations.
5. What can I expect?
Like humans, all animals respond differently to treatment. How your pet will respond to chiropractic treatment depends on many factors e.g. the underlying condition, what treatment is performed, the animals age, associated health conditions, whether the animal has had chiropractic treatment in the past etc. We find many animals show signs of tenderness after their initial treatment (this is usually a normal healing response as they are not used to the treatment and their body need time to adjust to the changes) Unfortunately we cannot guarantee your pet will return to 100% normal function. If however we believe we cannot help your pet we will refer to someone else we believe can.
6. What about my Vet?
Our team of practitioners are registered human Chiropractors, not Vets. We do however work in conjunction with your Vet to ensure you pet is appropriately managed.
7. How many treatments will it take?
Similar to humans, some animals respond really quickly to treatment and may only two or three adjustments. Other pets may need a more long term approach if they have chronic conditions.
8. Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt my pet?
Our Chiropractors use High Velocity Low Amplitude adjustments to minimise pain to your pet. Although your animal may appear startled, most receive adjustments with no pain.
9. What ages can my pet be to receive an adjustment?
Dogs can be adjusted from 3 months of age up until any age. If you are unsure please give the practice a call.
10. What do I do after my pets adjustment?
Walking is encouraged as long as your animal is not fatiguing or the walking action is reproducing symptoms. Depending on the treatment done and the underlying condition our chiropractors will provide you will the appropriate advice.
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