What is Chiropractic?
- What is Chiropractic? Chiropractic is the science and art that uses the inherent recuperative powers of the body, by dealing with the relationship between the nervous system and the spinal column and its relationship in the restoration and maintenance of health.
- Spine: Consists of
- Blood vessels
- Connective tissue/ligaments
- Chiropractic deals primarily with subluxations, the vertebral subluxation complex (2 adjoining vertebrae that have lost normal range of motion, resulting in disturbance of normal neurological function).
- Motor unit is considered:
- 2 vertebrae
- Nerve roots
- Blood vessels
- Associated muscles and Connective tissue
- Subluxation of motor unit leads to:
- Biochemical changes
- Possible immunological changes
- Altered proprioceptive information
- Hyper or hypo mobility of motor unit
- Decreased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow leads to decreased disc nutrition (degeneration)
- Dysfunction leads to degeneration which leads to compensation in other places in the body.
- Life is constantly traumatic, so you always need re-adjusting! Maintenance is very important to keep health and performance at its best.
- How do we adjust?
- Short lever/high velocity thrust in a specific vector plane
- Why/what issues?
- See dogs for hip dysplasia’s/discs/”hot spots”/performance dogs (e.g. agility/obedience)
- See cats for spine problems/lameness
- Primarily see horses for performance issues (i.e. not bending/”stiff”/not getting lead changes/not flexing at poll, etc.).
- How do we diagnose chiropractic problems/perform chiropractic exams?
- Posture analysis
- Gait analysis
- Motion palpation
- Applied kinesiology
- Frequency of adjusting:
- Initial consultation-needs 2-3 sessions closer together, about 2 weeks apart.
- Maintenance: usually once a month, to once every 2-4 months depending on the case.
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