Dr. Miles, a board certified Veterinary Chiropractor, provides chiropractic services to our patients at the Uxbridge Animal Hospital.
Animal Chiropractic is a manual method of treatment that focuses on maintaining a healthy neuromusculoskeletal system. The body functions at its highest potential when the brain and nervous system can communicate with the rest of the body. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to optimize mobility and nervous system function, allowing unrestricted communication between the brain and the rest of the body.
The spine of animals protects the spinal cord and the brain; and is composed of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles, and nerves. The vertebrae of the spine move in many different directions. When the vertebral movements become dysfunctional in one or more directions, a Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) begins. A VSC interferes with the performance of the nerves that branch off the spinal cord and communicate information to muscles and organs. When this occurs, an animal can present with a number of signs including stiffness, tension, pain, and even organ dysfunction. Compromise of normal mobility within the spine or the limbs can ultimately impact your animal's quality of life. The nervous system also controls the body's innate ability to heal itself. Impaired communication between the nervous system and the body, secondary to a vertebral subluxation complex, can therefore impact your animal's ability to heal.
During a chiropractic treatment, a doctor uses their hands to identify areas of decreased mobility or restriction. Once the affected area is identified, the animal chiropractor applies a specific thrust on the immobile anatomic structure. Normal motion of the vertebra is restored during the treatment and this removes the defect in neurologic communication. When the nerves can efficiently communicate, your animal will begin to heal from within.
Give us a call today if you feel your pet could benefit from a chiropractic treatment!