Dr. Pamela Stone has a passion for animals & chiropractic care, so it only made sense for her to combine those two loves. She has attended several hundred hours of education specific to animal chiropractic, and has been certified in Animal Chiropractic through Options for Animals College of Chiropractic. We see small animals out of the office (separate animal entrance & adjusting area, located on the basement level of the office) and will travel to local barns to adjust horses & other large animals.
So why would an animal get adjusted? Basically the same reason as a person – to help relieve pain, recover from an injury, improve performance, improve function, prevent injury & degeneration, and improve overall health.
Animal Chiropractic care focuses on the biomechanical dysfunction of the spine (vertebral subluxation) and its effect on the entire nervous system. Animal Chiropractors diagnose and treat subluxations in the spine or extremities. Subluxations may occur from traumatic events but most of the time it is from constant, repetitive wear and tear on joints or in association with degenerative processes within the animal.
Symptoms of subluxation may include pain, spasm, stiffness, sensitivity to touch, lameness, gait abnormalities, postural compromise and even organ dysfunction. Pets suffering from conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, ACL injuries, lameness, gastrointestinal disease, chronic health issues, or back problems can benefit from chiropractic adjustments. These are the symptoms that are the easiest to detect. Yet when normal movement of the spine is affected and left untreated, it can ultimately impact your animal’s entire wellbeing and quality of life.
The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to the subluxated vertebra in an effort to re-connect the nervous system, which allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Chiropractic can also promote healing and improve range of motion in dogs & horses injured during sporting events, and can enhance their performance prior to competition.
Most animals enjoy their adjustment and relax during the appointment.
Some chiropractors adjust animals without going through the training, but the animal spine & anatomy is different then a human’s, thus we suggest only choosing a chiropractor that has the training through a certified animal chiropractic program.
Chiropractic Care is not intended to replace traditional veterinary care, but is considered an alternative therapy, to be used concurrently and in conjunction with veterinarian care.