How many treatments will my animal need?
This depends greatly on the inpidual animal. There are also many factors that can influence how the animal will respond to treatment including the age, breed, condition, duration of condition, severity of condition and activity level of the animal.

The goal of chiropractic treatment is to address neurological dysfunction in the spine and related joints and restore mobility and function. The condition of the surrounding muscles and ligaments of that joint are vital for maintaining that correct function and providing support and stability.
Generally acute minor injuries will respond faster to treatment than chronic injuries, this is because in chronic injuries the supporting muscles and ligaments are often in poor condition to be able to maintain the corrections and it takes longer for the body to readjust, accept and maintain these new corrections.
In each individual case a treatment plan and prognosis will be formulated based on all the information.

Follow up care
This depends greatly on the individual animal. Some animals show immediate improvements’ following an adjustment but it is recommended that the animal rests for 24 hrs following a treatment. In many cases, with horses and dogs, 1-2 days off work is advised following an adjustment with an increase in turn out time or time where the animal can be in their natural state. Certain exercises may be given to help improve flexibility and advice may be given to improve the health of your animal and prevent recurrence.

Will veterinary chiropractic treatment hurt my animal?
A chiropractic adjustment is a very specific, low force quick thrust along the plane of the joint that helps to get the joint moving again. Adjustments influence bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. They do not hurt your animal.

How can a veterinary chiropractor adjust something the size of a horse?
Even though horses have a very large, thick muscle mass over the spine the vertebral joints are flexible and relatively easy to manipulate with minimal force. If the correct technique is used the ligaments are not adversely affected.

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