What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is a specialized technique using motion palpation of the spinal column and joints of the body to identify a vertebral subluxation complex (VSC), a region of decreased motion or fixation in a motion unit (the joint and all of the associated structures) leading to associated nerve dysfunction. Once identified, an adjustment is applied using a very direct, high velocity, low amplitude thrust to release the VSC, allowing the nervous system to reestablish a normal state of being and allowing the body to use its inherent ability to heal. 

Starting the Path to a Healthier Life for Your Pet

Does My Pet Need A Chiropractic Evaluation?

Yes! From puppies to seniors, foals to retired competitors, every animal can benefit from a chiropractic evaluation.  As we go through each day, abnormal forces are placed upon our spinal column. When this occurs, further VSCs develop, restricting normal joint movement and decreasing the nervous system's ability to heal the body. After a thorough evaluation, it is determined whether an adjustment is indicated and a health care plan is then formulated. 

What Should I Expect at an visit?


1. A thorough history will be taken and will include questions involving:

  • Changes in activity level or other observations
  • Previous diagnostic tests performed by your regular veterinarian
  • Prior injuries, illness, or surgeries
  • Current medications and response to medications
  • Goals and expectations for future performance and activity

2. Static physical exam of spine and limbs

  • Assessment for heat, pain, or swelling, as well as tension and symmetry of musculature
  • Range of Motion, orthopedic and neurologic evaluations will be performed as needed

3. Gait analysis and Posture analysis

  • Typically performed at walk, trot, and standing
  • Assessment of stride length, symmetry of gait
  • Assessment of conformation that may impact movement and structure
  • Exam may also include various portions of a lameness exam if indicated

4. Motion palpation of each spinal joint​

  • Specialized palpation moving each joint through the range of motion to assess for decreased or increased movement and identify vertebral subluxation complexes

If a region of restricted movement is identified, a high velocity, low amplitude thrust will be applied in a specific manner and direction in regards to the anatomy of the joint. The goal of an adjustment is to restore normal movement within a joint, allowing for proper neurologic function,
Occasionally, further diagnostics will be recommended with your regular veterinarian, such as x-rays or ultrasound, to determine underlying factors that may need to be addressed prior to chiropractic adjustments.

Commonly, re-evaluation is recommended 10-14 days after initial adjustment for dogs and 21-28 days after initial adjustment for horses; however, maintenance and follow-up care recommendations will be tailored to each pet and circumstance for maintaining optimal spinal health!
When applicable, exercises or activities may also be discussed to help strengthen musculature to aid in supporting the spine.