The founder of the chiropractic (greek-. chiro = hands ) was Daniel David Palmer (1895)
The chiropractic is a smooth technique that is principally focussed on the spine and the nervous system , following its own medical philosophy
The spinal column
The spinal column is a body structure of single vertebral bodies interacting between them , creating joints and giving place for spinal canal which contains the spinal cord.
The spine has two functions :
The spine protects the medulla and allows the nervous system to flow through the body to receive and send the nervous impulses.
The spine proportionally balances the skeleton to give it support but at the same time it gives flexibility to the movement of the body.
Technical terms of chiropractic
The term "subluxation" in chiropractic is used when the vertebral body deviates slightly from its neutral and natural place so that the flow of information is interrupted due to the pressure of the nerves coming from the spinal cord. Thus influencing the balance and movement or the functioning of organs that can develop different diseases.
The term "adjustment" is used when the chiropractor diagnosis through palpation the position of each vertebral body adjusting it with a small, fast and specific movement.
The chiropractic treatment is characterized by gentle but swift manipulations.
On many occasions the observer can't even see the manipulation because of how quickly it is done .
After the treatment, the animal feels relief and freedom which gives him the desire to run around and shake himself
For example after a chiropractic session on horses they start to chew because they feel less blocked.
Dogs for example start to move their tongue, licking their lips.
Often the animals behaviour express gratitude .
Chiropractic philosophy seeks not only cure but also prevention.
Our lifestyle, which is not exactly natural (horses in the stable -us at the computer -dogs on the lead)can cause small subluxations whose symptoms may even appear years later.
So a regular visit to the chiropractor is always positive and healing
The animal chiropractor needs time to make an good diagnosis and treatment because he needs to gain the confidence of the animal who has to be totally relaxed when he receives the treatment..
In most occasions you can see a change or an improvement after only two or three session.
It is preferable to make a chiropractic treatment in their own home especially when the dogs are big or anxious animals.
The way of working with horses:
The way of working with dogs
It is very important to know the anatomy, the angulation of each vertebra and the physiology of the nervous system .
It is also very important to know what type of studies are learnt by the chiropractor. In Europe the animal chiropractor has to be a veterinary or a human chiropractor
The" doctor of chiropractic " needs many years of studies .
There are associations where chiropractors are registered to recognise their qualification.
International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic