The word “chiropractic” comes form the Greek words “cheir” meaning hand and “praxis” meaning practice or done by hand.
Veterinary chiropractic focuses on interaction between complex neurologic mechanisms and the biomechanics of the spine. Therapy is directed at the vertebral column or spine and any other affected joint(s).
Any decrease in the movement or motion of a vertebra in relation to its neighbour can have an effect on the nerve supply to a specific area of the body. Thus localized tenderness and muscle spasm can result when spinal cord segments are abnormally displaced in relation to one another.
Chiro adjustments of the spine and any other joint is a specific physical action designed to restore the biomechanics of the vertebral column and / or affected joint.
Controlled speed, depth and magnitude of the adjustment require skill, training and anatomic knowledge.
Role of chiro in animal health care-
Any patient can become a possible chiro patient. Any or every examination includes a spinal exam and adjustments made if necessary. For athletic animals peak efficiency can be maintained free of flexibility and pain.
- Back and neck pain.
- Musculoskeletal problems involving any joint can limit power in a limb, and reduce flexibility and range of movement.
- Post surgery.
- Post trauma.
- Degenerative diseases eg spondlyosis.
Dr Muller is a member of the Australian Veterinary Chiropractic Association