Animal Chiropractic at Palos Animal Hospital
Animal chiropractic has been used in veterinary medicine for more than 100 years. Similar to human chiropractic, it involves non-surgical, drug-free spinal manipulation and manual therapy to treat neuromusculoskeletal (brain, muscles, and spinal cord) conditions, such as bone, disc, and soft-tissue disorders. Because the spine is such a complex framework, any vertebral dysfunctions can cause a pet to lose normal mobility, resulting in tension, pain, and other problems. This is often why chiropractic is the chosen method of treatment. Palos Animal Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the Palos Heights area to offer this service for our patients, with the expertise of certified veterinary chiropractor, Dr. Katie S. King. Dr. King received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic and is available to treat pets at our hospital on Wednesdays by appointment only.
What Are the Benefits of Animal Chiropractic?
For many pets, the benefits of chiropractic are both instantaneous and noticeable. Dr. King carefully manipulates an animal’s joints to restore correct alignment, which is believed to improve nerve function throughout the entire body. Through a physical examination, she can identify and treat misalignments of the joints. Maintaining proper alignment allows for the best possible function of the muscles, nerves, and tissues that support the joints. As a result, movement, stance, and flexibility can be improved, resulting in increased agility, endurance, and overall performance.
Does My Pet Need Chiropractic Care?
Dr. King can answer this question definitively with a physical exam, but there are many symptoms that you can detect yourself to determine if there’s a need for chiropractic care, including:
- Hunched back
- Back muscle spasms
- Trouble standing or walking
- Weak front legs
- Disc injuries
- Neck, back, or leg pain
What Animals Can Benefit from Chiropractic?
All pets can benefit from chiropractic care, just like they can with a comprehensive wellness exam, regardless of their health status or activity level; it can be used for both injured and healthy/working animals. Older pets can experience a reduction in pain level and increased mobility with chiropractic care, leading to a better quality of life. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of animal chiropractic with Dr. King, give us a call at 708-955-1884 to schedule your pet’s appointment. You can also visit her website.