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The Basics of Animal Chiropractic

Animal chiropractic is a unique profession requiring post-graduate training to Chiropractors and Veterinarians. Both professions require doctoral degrees, the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine respectfully. Only these professions can practice chiropractic on animals in Alberta.

It is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on approach that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system, which is comprised of the nerves, muscles and skeleton.

It is important to note that Chiropractic is not an alternative to Veterinary care, but rather a compliment. Optimally, a Chiropractor and Veterinarian can work as a team to provide the most integrative care possible for the patient.

How does it work?

Its distinctive health approach is based on a few assumptions: that the body has an inherent drive to heal itself and function at its best, and also that all body functions (for example: digestion, bowel and bladder movements, running, jumping, etc) are controlled by the brain and nervous system. Therefore, if any messages from the nervous system are interfered with, the body will function sub-optimally.

Chiropractic aims to optimize health by minimizing this nervous system interference, primarily by restoring and maintaining a proper balanced relationship between the spine, muscles and nervous system, where a lot of nervous system interference occurs. It does so by correcting misalignments of the spine and other joints, by way of adjustments.

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These misalignments occur when two bones located next to each other are not moving properly in relation to one another, causing abnormal function and symptoms, and often interfering with proper nerve transmission.

A chiropractic adjustment is a safe, quick and gentle force applied to a misaligned joint with the aim being to restore proper joint motion and alignment, muscle balance and nervous function, while simultaneously reducing pain and inflammation.

Animal Chiropractic can be used as part of a rehab protocol for post-op or injured animals, to improve an athlete’s performance, as well as to simply improve an animal’s general state of health and wellbeing. Call or text @587-580-6090 to book your appointment today.


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