Dr. Jim Bertram, Doctor of Chiropractic and Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner, performs chiropractic manipulation on dogs and cats at our clinic. This is done under the supervision of one the licensed veterinarians who screen the animal to determine the appropriateness of chiropractic care. A veterinarian is on site at the facility when Dr. Bertram is seeing clients.
An instrument called an activator is used to perform the manipulation. This produces a small safe force to the spine in the appropriate regions. There are no twisting or other manual thrusts applied to the animal.
How does it work?
1. Freeing of Fixated Joints: If the spinal joint is not moving well, the impulse from the manipulation frees the joints so they function properly.
2. Neural Integration: The adjustment stimulates nerve and autonomic receptors that turn off pain and inflammation.
Types of Cases: There are a number of conditions that may be helped with chiropractic care. Disc herniation is the classic case for chiropractic intervention. We also see muscle strains, nerve injury, balance issues with agility dogs, early hip pain and urinary/fecal incontinence due to arthritic impingement.
Treatment Regimen: The number and frequency of chiropractic sessions is variable. It includes a regimented 5 visits protocol for disc injuries, 1 or 2 visits for a muscle strain, intermittent/periodic treatment for agility dogs, to more ongoing visits for arthritic or incontinent animals.
Animal chiropractic at Greener Pastures is commonly used in conjunction with traditional veterinary treatment and also complements our physical rehabilitation services.