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CHIROPRACTIC AND YOUR DOG

What is a Subluxation?

Chiropractors use the term SUBLUXATION to describe a specific problem of the musculoskeletal system, especially of the spinal column. It involves subtle misalignments of the bony system that interfere with the normal function of the nervous system. Subluxations result in loss of flexibility, stiffness, resistance, muscle spasm, lack of coordination and balance, and other dysfunctions of the nervous system.

How does my dog get subluxations?

Traumatic (both macro- and repetitive micro-trauma) and stressful situations present themselves daily to both the companion and performance dog. Collars, handlers, confinement, sustained vigorous activity, or lack of exercise and activity can all cause problems in the spinal cord.

The following may cause subluxations:

What are the symptoms of a subluxation?

Subluxations of the spinal column may produce many symptoms in the dog. The most common problem is pain. Dogs in pain will compensate in gait or posture and may resist or refuse to perform. Compensatory movements may cause other problems such as added stress to the joints.

The following is a list of symptoms that may indicate pain from a subluxation:

Subluxations may cause changes in muscle coordination and flexibility that affect the performance ability of the dog. These symptoms may include:

Subluxations may cause problems in the nerves that supply other cells such as those of the skin, glands, and blood vessels. Some of the symptoms that may result are:

Who do I go to for Chiropractic care?

Go to either a veterinarian or chiropractor with extended, post graduate education and certification in animal chiropractic. In Illinois a chiropractor may work on your dog by referral of your primary veterinarian.

The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association trains and certifies chiropractors and veterinarians in the art and science of animal chiropractic. They can be reached for a referral to a certified practitioner in your area by visiting:

www.animalchiropractic.org
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