Humans routinely turn to spinal manipulation therapy to help keep their bodies properly aligned. Today, this same treatment method can be applied to our animal companions as well. When an area of a pet’s body, such as the spine, pelvis, nervous system or joints, is out of place, the result can be discomfort, pain, reduced mobility and a general reduction in quality of life. Veterinary spinal manipulation therapy uses non-invasive, manual techniques and adjustments to help treat these disorders, realign areas that are out of place, and return the animal to normal function. Main West Animal Hospital is proud to offer this innovative treatment modality to better serve the needs of our patients, which include dogs and cats of all ages.

What is veterinary spinal manipulation therapy?

Veterinary spinal manipulation therapy helps to promote normal mobility of joints and to reduce pain and inflammation associated with musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. The importance of a healthy spine and nervous system can not be overstated because the nervous system controls every aspect of the body. spinal manipulation therapy involves the use of very specific and gentle adjustments to the joints of the spine and skeleton. These adjustments help to restore normal movement of the joints and proper function of the nervous system, thereby improving function throughout the entire body.

What can spinal manipulation therapy help with?

Animal spinal manipulation therapy uses manual techniques and adjustments to help treat disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints of an animal. spinal manipulation therapy can be an effective treatment option to help manage a wide variety of conditions, including: arthritis, back pain, urinary incontinence, lameness, neurological conditions, sports injuries, certain behavioral issues, and many others. These treatments are non-invasive and rely on the body’s innate ability to heal itself with proper stimulation. It provides options for pet owners that wish to take a proactive and holistic approach to keep their pets healthy.

What kind of spinal manipulation therapy training does our team possess?

Animal spinal manipulation therapists are highly trained professionals that are either licensed veterinarians or human chiropractors. They must have also received extensive post-graduate training at an approved Veterinary Chiropractic School and passed certification exams through the College of Animal Chiropractors or the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Aron Bhan is both a licensed Veterinarian and Certified in Animal Spinal Manipulation Therapy. The extensive training involved to achieve these qualifications allows him to bring a wide range of experience in treating his patients and helping them return to normal function faster. Dr. Bhan is also a certified member of the College of Animal Chiropractors.

What’s involved in spinal manipulation therapy?

Our spinal manipulation therapy begins with an initial consultation, during which Dr. Bhan will evaluate your pet to determine his or her unique needs. We will start by taking a full medical history of your pet and listening to any questions and concerns you may have. We encourage you to ask as many questions about spinal manipulation therapy and the benefits it can provide as you may have during this initial visit so that you fully understand how the process works and what it can do for your pet.

Dr. Bhan will then perform a comprehensive physical examination of your pet to ensure that all relevant health issues are addressed. During this exam, the nervous system, spine, muscles and joints will all be assessed to establish normal range of motion and function. After the assessment, gentle spinal manipulation therapy will then be applied to help improve areas where problems were identified. You are encouraged to be present with your pet at all times, during both the consultation and any subsequent treatments, so that you can be involved in the treatment process and help to support your companion.

How many treatments will my pet need?

The goal of any medical therapy is to help the patient achieve optimum results as quickly as possible so they can return to normal function. Veterinary spinal manipulation therapy has the same goal in mind. That said, treatment requirements will vary with each patient, based on their specific condition and unique needs. Initially, most patients typically require weekly treatments for a period of one month to manage their illness. However, some may require further maintenance visits every 4-6 weeks to maintain normal function. Our realistic goal is to perform as few treatments as possible to help your pet get better.

If you believe that your pet may be experiencing pain or reduced mobility, why not find out if veterinary spinal manipulation therapy could help them live a more comfortable life? Give us a call today to find out more.