The chiropractor will ask questions and carry out an examination which usually includes an analysis of both posture and gait. Assessment of the animal may reveal asymmetries, such as unequal muscle size or tone between the left and right side which are not normal for the animal.

The chiropractor will look for abnormal head or neck position, foot placement or any sign that the posture being used is not normal for that animal.
The chiropractor will then assess the range of movement of the animal’s spine, and joints in the legs, as well as feel the muscles around the spine to assess any muscle spasm, swelling or the presence of any hot or cold spots that will indicate an alteration in circulation.

The chiropractor may assess whether there is any lameness, weakness, “hiking” of one hip, shortening of the stride, stumbling or restricted movement.

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