Saturday, May 17, 2014

Why and When To Use Chiropractic Treatment for Dogs?

A canine Chiropractor follows holistic approach to treat conditions in dogs and usually avoids allopathic medicine that usually have mild to severe side effects. Conditions like aches, pains, disoriented gait, emotional or psychological stresses, muscles contraction, locking joints in dogs etc. can be treated quite effectively by holistic, chiropractic approaches. A dog chiropractor uses techniques to free the nerves and restores correct functioning of nervous system. However, it should be considered that chiropractic care for dogs is not a substitute or an alternative for traditional veterinary medical practices and surgeries. But this is a holistic treatment that involves osteopathy, massage therapy and physical therapy. The process includes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical malfunctioning of the musculoskeletal and nervous system - especially the spine.

  Chiropractic treatment for senior dogs
Chiropractic approaches work great for senior dogs. There can be different kinds of stress and varied traumatic situations that can badly affect an old dog causing the lack of smoothness in mobility and may also be responsible for spasms, pains and weaknesses. For senior dogs, chiropractic care can be really effective for pains in neck, back, muscles, joints and other neurologic disorders.

When should you consider calling a chiropractor for your dog?
All you need to do is to keep an eye on your dog's general behavior. If you are a good observer you can easily know whether you dog needs a chiropractic treatment or not. Any kind of musculoskeletal and spinal disorders usually show alterations in postures and gaits accompanied with certain symptoms of pain. Since you already know that your dog is suffering from pain, it is important to get a right kind of a collar and lead for him before you take him to a chiropractor. A chiropractic session may be time consuming and you are the best person who can encourage your dog to be disciplined and remain calm

The symptoms are as follows:

Showing disinclination to move
Abnormal posture
Problems in climbing stairs
Stiffness after sleep
Irregular and disoriented locomotion
Diminishing speed and shortened stride
Lower back pain, buttock pain, and numbness, pain or weakness in various parts of the leg and foot due to compressed sciatic nerves
Stiff gait
Muscle spasm
Problem sitting from standing
Problem standing from sitting

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