Spinal Manipulation

Categories: Dog Health
By Brooke Lewis DVM
Many people have at least a passing familiarity with chiropractic care for humans. Many, however, may not be aware that similar care is available for their pets.

What is spinal manipulation?

Spinal manipulation care is a  drugless, noninvasive method of health care. Spinal manipulative therapy deals with the nervous system and the spinal column and its overall important role in maintaining the health of the whole body. The spinal cord acts like an innerbody freeway that carries sensory and motor information from the brain to organs,  muscles, and joints. Spinal manipulation helps to maintain optimal nerve supply so that the brain and body can continue to communicate with each other efficiently. When a vertebrae, bone, or joint is slightly malaligned the nerves are adversely affected, this iscalled a “subluxation”. An adjustment is aimed at correcting this malalignment, restoring mobility to the joint and reestablishing nerve function.

What patients may benefit from spinal manipulation therapy?

Patients that may benefit from VSMT include those with neck, back, leg or tail pain, post injury or trauma, muscle spasms, nerve problems, chronic pain, geriatric pain management, lameness not associated with ractures, lick granulomas, decreased or poor performance in athletes and working dogs, or those who want to maintain healthy joint and spinal health.

Some clinical signs to watch for may include: discomfort when placing collar/harness, sensitivity to touch, tucking tail, change in behavior, lameness, weakness, stiffness in the body/neck, arched back, dragging toes.

Dr. Brooke Lewis has completed her certification for Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT) through the
Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, WI . She participated in over 226 hours of intensive coursework in small animal and equine anatomy, functional neurology, and spinal adjustment techniques. As of date this
remains the only nationally accredited, State Board of Education approved, Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy course of its kind. If you have any questions feel free to call or e-mail me at drlewis@geekpaws.com.