Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT)
Ingleside Animal Hospital is pleased to announce that we now offer Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT) or “Animal Chiropractic”. Dr. Katie Chiles completed rigorous training at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in functional neurology, neuroanatomy, small animal and equine anatomy, and spinal manipulation techniques.
Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy is a complementary therapy that focuses on improving range of motion in specific areas of the musculoskeletal system. The ultimate goal is to improve mobility and nerve conduction to an area that has hypomobility or a “subluxation”. A subluxation can not be seen radiographically, but can be identified via a thorough and careful physical, neurological and motion palpation exam. Hypomobility can cause pain, inflammation of soft tissue structures and nerves, compression of nerves, and generalized stiffness. This can lead to compensation and injury to other structures.
VSMT utilizes high velocity, low amplitude adjustment techniques on a specific area of the spine or appendicular skeleton called a motion unit. The goal of any adjustment is to restore normal or improved motion to an area that is exhibiting neuronal dysfunction.
Conditions or behaviors that benefit from Spinal Manipulation Therapy include:
- Neck, back and tail pain
- Decreased athletic performance
- Reluctance to compete or hunt
- Change in gait
- Hip dysplasia
- Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease
- Neuropathic pain
- Chronic intervertebral disc disease
- Difficulty getting up
- Urinary incontinence
- Acute or chronic injury
Veterinary spinal manipulation therapy is not intended as a replacement for conventional therapy or surgery, but as an additional tool to improve quality of live, decrease pain, improve athletic performance, or decrease the amount of pain medications needed on a daily basis. An initial exam is necessary to evaluate your pet from not only a chiropractic and musculoskeletal approach, but also to look for other metabolic or internal problems that may be causing significant disease in your pet. This is why it is critical that a licensed veterinarian evaluate and examine your pet to determine what is appropriate for your pet’s health. Other tests including blood work and x-rays may be recommended to ensure your pet is getting the most comprehensive care possible.
Most pets with existing orthopedic issues or clinical disease will need to be evaluated and adjusted every 1-2 weeks, initially. This interval can usually be lengthened to maintenance visits once every 4-6 weeks after the first 3-4 visits. Healthy pets can benefit from spinal manipulation every 3-4 months for preventative care.
Most dogs really enjoy their VSMT sessions and signs of relief can be rapid!