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What is chiropractic?

The term chiropractic comes from the Greek words "cheir" which means 'hand' and "praxis" which means 'practice' or 'done by', and refers to the practice of manipulating the spine to treat disease. Animal chiropractors look for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities which directly affect the nervous system and the entire body. 

Chiropractors who work on animals must have specific training in both chiropractic theories and animal anatomy so that they are knowledgeable about the differences in biomechanics and neuromusculoskeletal function between humans and animals. In North America, a certification is required by practitioners to ensure that they possess the appropriate knowledge and skill to treat your pets.

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How might my pet benefit from chiropractic adjustments?

Chiropractors treat many conditions affecting the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. The goal of the animal chiropractor is to restore proper movement of the affected joints so the nervous system and body can function at their maximum healthy potential.​

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Signs your dog is in pain and might need an adjustment:

  • Pain when being touched, petted, or lifted

  • Difficulty or reluctance when climbing stairs or jumping

  • Difficulty getting up after lying down

  • Altered sitting (“puppy sitting”)

  • Lameness or changes in gait

  • Lying on one side

  • Holding their tail down or not wagging their tail

  • Holding the head down when walking

  • Changes in performance

  • Constant licking or chewing paws

  • Negative changes in attitude or behavior

  • Changes in eating or eliminating

Chiropractic care isn’t just for pets who suffer from a chronic ailment or an acute injury though! Working pets (hunting, herding, service work, etc) and those that participate in any athletic activities are also ideal candidates for chiropractic treatment. Regular assessments and maintenance adjustments by our chiropractor will help your pet maintain its maximum flexibility, which can aid in avoiding injuries.

If you have any questions about chiropractic care for your pet or would like to make an appointment with Dr. Cheyenne Coleman, please call us at (770) 529-7277!

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