D.D. Palmer of United States of America developed Chiropractic in the year 1895. Today it is practiced in
about 100 years. However the medical fraternities do not accept this practice as scientific.
The chiropractic philosophy is based on the fact that living organism contains some elements which cannot
be explained by the material concept. They philosophically assert that living beings are made up of matters
which have a material form and are also made up of subtle elements which cannot be realized materially.
This philosophy separates chiropractic from other forms of medicine like allopathic. Naturalism,
rationalism and holism are some of the philosophical elements which constitute chiropractic.
Animal chiropractor focuses mainly on the relationship which exists between the spine and the nervous
system. How one affects the other and what are the corrective measures which one can adopt in order to
treat the animals are some of the areas on which an animal chiropractor focuses. The animal chiropractor
also studies the musculo-skeletal system deeply; this helps them to diagnose the cause of the problem in a
more effective manner.
It is often recommended that a vet should be referred before taking the help of an animal chiropractor. The
vet will determine the primary cause of the problem and may recommend for a chiropractor. In minor cases
the problem may fix up on its own but if the problem persists then immediate attention is required otherwise
the condition might worsen.
The chiropractor will try to study the body muscles and the tissues; a detailed study of the gait and the
posture will be carried out in order to understand the problem. The movement of the animal spine will be
carried out, whether any muscle spasm is present or not will be checked out or if there is any hot spots or
cold spots present will be thoroughly examined by the chiropractor. Any bizarre movement that to for a long
period will indicate that, the problem is serious.
After properly diagnosing the problem the chiropractor will, resort to treatment. The treatment is aimed to
bring the animal’s body to the normal level. The treatment provides immense relaxation to the animal and
most of the time it ahs been observed that the animal’s enjoy the treatment. Once the animal’s body reaches
to its normal level and the balance in the body is established the animal can get back to its normal routine.
Aftercare is very much important here; in fact if the after care is not proper then the animal may not recover
completely and after sometime the pain may become intense. After the treatment the animal may take some
time to recover completely; it all depends on the intensity of the problem. A chiropractor should treat the
animal under the guidance of a veterinary surgeon and after the treatment he should send a detailed report to
An animal chiropractor should have proper knowledge and education about the chiropractic science. Apart
from the theoretical knowledge he should also have practical knowledge.
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