Animals cannot directly tell you when they are in pain and where the discomfort is stemming from. Here are some common signs you should look for as an owner

  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Behavioral change (i.e. snapping, refusal to play, reduced interest in walks)
  • Decrease in performance (agility or working animals)
  • Difficulty executing desired movements (i.e. climbing stairs, jumping into car or onto couch)
  • Stiffness or difficulty rising from a lying position
  • Loss of wind capacity
  • Problems eating
  • Shaking of head, constant ear problems, allergies
  • Limping, stumbling, or dragging toes
  • Abnormal posture
  • Avoids lifting tail or holds tail to one side
  • Refusal to pick up lead, gait abnormalities
  • Diagnosed conditions, such as Degenerative Arthritis
  • Injuries resulting from falls, training or other activities

CHIROPRACTIC FOR PETS:  A BETTER ALTERNATIVE

Alternative care for animals is emerging as an uncommon but highly effective approach to healthcare for you furry friends. Their response is generally far quicker than people.  We are always critical of our own work, but we have yet to see a case where alternative care does not provide improvement or relief.

Just as humans do, animals put their bodies through stress each and everyday, which in turn can lead to many imbalances and compensation patterns in the body. No matter what age or performance level your four-legged companion is currently at, every animal can benefit from chiropractic and movement therapy. Keeping in line with the clinic’s belief system of functional movement being a key component to health and improved quality of life, we apply this to every animal patient that walks or trots in the door. Our biggest goals are to improve your animal’s quality of life and to educate you, as the owner, on maximizing your pet’s health and performance.

Altered function can lead to pain, disease, fatigue, muscle weakness, poor balance, decreased performance, and immune suppression. We assess each patient individually with a thorough case history and physical examination. The physical exam aims to assess posture and gait, as well as analyze the animal’s awareness of their body in space, known as proprioception. Proprioception is an especially important skill for performance or agility animals, as well as animals as they age and those healing from acute or chronic injury. We aim to find compensation patterns that have developed over time, and get to the root of the cause, which is generally located elsewhere in the body and not at the site of pain or discomfort. From there our treatment plan is simple; move better, fix the tissue, fix the joint. Improved motion at specific joints stretch local supportive tissues and stimulates the nervous system to communicate more effectively. Motion and muscle imbalances are retrained through rehabilitation and exercise therapy. We work with your veterinarian to develop a treatment plan specifically fit for you and your animal’s needs.

A Conservative Approach

With our people patients, it is common to work with conditions such as a herniated discs or a torn ACL and often our treatment offers an alternative to invasive procedures such as surgery. This conservative treatment often has a very high payoff long term and regularly removes the need for surgery. This is no different for animals. It is extremely important to us at Move Better to offer these alternative therapies to animals and let you, as the owner, know that surgery is not always your only option. A trial of conservative treatment can be very beneficial, as well as cost effective, to you and your animal. Of course, in certain cases a higher level of care is necessary and as an AVCA Certified Animal Chiropractor we are trained to recognize pathologies which will not benefit from our treatment capabilities. At this point we can help you find the best provider for your needs.