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by Animal Chiropractor Carly Spratley
We've all heard of chiropractors for people. How about pets? We spoke to Carly from Rebalance Chiropractic to find out more...
I've heard of chiropractic treatment for people, does it work in the same way for animals?
Yes chiropractic for animals works to exactly the same principles as for humans. Chiropractors assess each of the joints in the spine, pelvis and limbs to see if they are moving correctly, if they find a joint that is restricted they will "adjust" to restore normal movement.
The joints of the body are packed with nerve endings called proprioceptors that send information through the nervous system to the brain about how that joint is functioning. If the joint is restricted the body's response to this input from the nervous system is to try and stabilise that joint by creating muscular tension that further limits motion.
A chiropractic adjustment is designed to restore joint motion and this bombards the nervous system with "normal" information allowing the surrounding muscles to relax and for the joint to move through it's normal range of motion once more.
Is it easier to treat people or animals?
I love treating animals, as their response is true, they have no expectations of the treatment and respond in such a natural way, it's an incredibly rewarding job.