What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a therapeutic modality that addresses an animal's biomechanics. The practitioner identifies joints of the spine and extremities that suffer from restricted movement patterns. Normal movement is restored to these areas with a very precise, quick thrust called an adjustment. Any time an animal has an area of restricted movement, another part of the body will need to move more to compensate. This excessive movement causes increased stresses on the tissues, which can result in pain and degenerative conditions if left untreated. When the body is moving properly, inflammation is reduced and the nervous system can function optimally.
How is an adjustment different from manipulation?
The term manipulation can refer to a variety of bodywork techniques, which may include moving a joint through its passive range of motion. An adjustment is a very precise, high force, low amplitude (shallow) thrust applied along the plane of the joint when the joint is taken to tension. Although the adjustment has a high force, it is a relatively small movement involving a quick contraction of the doctor's fingers or arm. The amount of force applied varies depending on the dog's size and condition.