Therapeutic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation can help reduce pain and swelling related to injuries, reduce muscle tension and stiffness, improve blood flow and help prevent further injury. It offers pets natural remedies to physical ailments.
Chiropractic is a safe, natural and effective form of health care. By addressing the direct relationship between the structure of the spine and the function of the body, chiropractors are able to affect all systems of the body, including musculoskeletal, digestive, immune, cardiovascular and neurological. Dr. Jamie works in conjunction with traditional veterinary care to enable the animals to be as healthy, comfortable and happy as they can be.
WHAT IS ANIMAL CHIROPRACTIC? Animal chiropractic, much like human chiropractic, is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the affects that those disorders have on general health. In short, we look at motion. The body is made up of hundreds of joints that were designed to move. By moving these joints, the body communicates with the central nervous system. Movement is the most important input into the brain and the spinal cord. When the motion of a joint is restricted, the vital information that passes between the brain, spinal cord and the body is compromised. This is commonly referred to at the 'Vertebral Subluxation Complex'. This can lead to musculoskeletal issues or lameness, digestive problems, decreased immunity, delayed healing in addition to many other health concerns. Animal chiropractors find these subluxations and deliver a chiropractic adjusmtent to the restricted area of movement which restores motion and communication between the brain, spinal cord and body which optimizes the health, comfort and performance of the animal.
DOES A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT HURT MY ANIMAL? The chiropractic adjustment is a very quick but gentle thrust on the restricted joint. Some animals who have never been adjusted may be startled at first, but soon relax and enjoy the treatment. It is common for animals to even fall asleep during treatments!
WHAT CAUSES JOINT RESTRICTIONS? Joint restrictions can be caused by repetitive motions, compressive forces such as jumping, excessive training, lack of movement from stall or kennel confinenment, ill-fitting saddles, improper shoeing or nail trimming, traumas such as slips and falls, weight changes, and the aging process.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY ANIMAL NEEDS AN ADJUSTMENT? You may or may not be able to determine if your animal needs an adjustment. Some common signs are: changes in temperement, loss of interest in activity, tenderness or soreness, discomfort sitting or laying down, gait changes, digestion trouble, asymmetrical movement, dislike of being brushed or petted.
DOES CHIROPRACTIC CARE REPLACE VETERINARY CARE? Absolutely not. Chiropractic care is used as a complimentary therapy to traditional veterinary medicine. Dr. Jamie Mabeus is not a licensed veterinarian and therefore cannot take on the role of primary caregiver of the animal.
WHO IS QUALIFIED TO ADJUST MY ANIMAL? Only licensed chiropractors or veterinarians who have completed approved training courses and who are certified by either the IVCA, AVCA or COAC are qualified to adjust animals.
HOW OFTEN DOES MY ANIMAL NEED AN ADJUSTMENT? It depends on the animal. Typically an animal should have a chiropractic check-up monthly for prevention and maintenance care. Animals dealing with existing health concerns may require more frequent care. Keep in mind that the longer an issue has persisted, the longer it will take to correct. Most animals struggling with health issues will show improvement by the third to fifth adjustment.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING AND AFTER THE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT? A typical adjustment takes approximately 20 minutes for small animals and about 45 minutes for horses. After the adjustment takes place, every animal acts differently. Some will have increased energy and others may be sleepy and quiet.
Dr. Jamie Mabeus, DC, CVSMT, CVMRT Certified Animal Chiropractor Certified Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your veterinarian or doctor. Your pet's medical protocol should be given by your veterinarian. Dr. Jamie Mabeus is a licensed chiropractor who completed 226 hours of post graduate education specifically in animal chiropractic and an additional 142 hours in veterinary rehabilitation and massage, emphasizing functional neurology, muscular and osseous anatomy specific to large and small animals. Additionally, chiropractic care is a complementary method of care and does not replace traditional veterinary medicine. All of Dr. Jamie’s patients are required to stay up-to-date with their veterinarian. Veterinary referral and consent is required prior to treatment with Dr. Jamie.