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Pet Chiropractic Care


Dr. Hall trained at Healing Oasis and earned a degree in VSMT (Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy). In Wisconsin, due to regulations by the human chiropractors (DCs), they are unable to refer to this treatment as “chiropractic” but it is the same thing. Healing Oasis is the only board of education approved chiropractic/VSMT school. Dr. Hall had to complete 225 hours of education for this program. She also passed the exam for CoAC (College of Animal Chiropractors) which is a national organization.

Chiropractic/VSMT (Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy) is scientifically based in neuroanatomy. Palpation is used to determine areas of hypomobilities. Very specific high velocity, low impact adjustments are then used to restore normal motion. VSMT has very minimal risks when practiced correctly by a well-trained doctor (DC or DVM). In addition to restoring normal motion to joints, VSMT stimulates the Golgi Tendon Organs (sensory receptors located at the insertions and origins of muscles/tendons) to relax muscles and increase stimulation to the brain (which in turn reduces pain and inflammation). Increased stimulation of the cortex allows the body to inhibit nociception appropriately and increases the ability to move normally with all the body parts working together. There are folds in the joint membranes that can become entrapped between the bones of the joints. Chiropractic adjustments gap the joints and release the folds. These folds have many receptors so that entrapment can be very painful. Any inflammation from hypomobility, entrapment, or arthritis, does not stay in the original area of concern – instead, it leaks out of vessels and causes a cascade of inflammation. Inflammation increases cortisol which suppresses the animal’s immune system making them more prone to other problems. Therefore, chiropractic care can significantly reduce pain and inflammation.

Many cases can benefit from chiro, including skin issues (allergies, lick granulomas), vestibular disease, orthopedic conditions, (arthritis, hip dysplasia, cruciate injury, luxating patellas), urinary incontinence, chronic pain, IBD/sensitive stomach, and asthma. Conditions that need to be treated with care (ie start slow as to not overwhelm the brain with stimuli) include epilepsy, neoplasia, severe organ failure, or other serious illnesses. These patients would only have a few adjustments at a time with more frequent visits in the beginning.

Most dogs respond much faster to chiro than humans and improvement should be seen after the first adjustment. Rechecks are typically scheduled monthly, except for severe or chronic issues. Those cases may need to be seen every 1-2 weeks at first, and then less frequently since most dogs can then be maintained with appointments every 3-6 months.

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