Pet Chiropractic

Pets need chiropractic care, too! Chiropractic care is a holistic form of medicine that can be used to treat a variety of symptoms.

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Pet Chiropractic near Clark, PA

At Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital, we’re excited to introduce a new treatment option to our patients!

Animal chiropractic, also referred to as “Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy,” is an integrative health care therapy option that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Animal chiropractic is a safe, effective, non-surgical, drug-free approach that focuses on the restoration of movement and the promotion of health by restoring normal joint mechanics and neurological patterns that regulate the whole body and facilitate healing.

The command centers of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord, which are protected by the skull and spine. The spine is a complex framework of bones(vertebra), ligaments, muscles, and nerves. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of major spinal nerves, which are directing all of the muscles and organs in the body. Trauma, overuse, or underuse may cause the vertebra of the spine to become fixed, and the surrounding soft-tissues may become inflamed and compromised. As this occurs, your animal can lose normal mobility, resulting in stiffness, tension, pain and even organ dysfunction.

The main tool an animal chiropractor uses to restore joint mechanics is called an “adjustment”. This gentle, specialized skill involves the application of a quick, low-force maneuver directed to a specific area of a joint and at a specific angle. A certified animal chiropractor is the only professional who is qualified to adjust your pet, because they understand these joint angles intimately and can best asses if an animal could benefit from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is not limited to sick or injured pets. Healthy and athletic animals are ideal candidates for chiropractic care. Maintaining proper structural alignment and motion allows for optimal function of the muscles, nerves, and tissues. Good alignment improves agility, endurance, flexibility, and overall performance. Broader benefits include improved immune function, healthier metabolism, and a vibrant nervous system, all facilitating your animal’s natural ability to heal. Chiropractic care offers a more modern, comprehensive approach to your animal’s healthcare.