I am absolutely passionate about how chiropractic improves lives. I am blessed to provide chiropractic care to people of all ages, and animals of several species – primarily dogs and horses.
It’s funny, I’ve been a chiropractor for people for 24 years now. While in Indiana, I worked with a couple of vets and occasionally provided care to dogs and cats.
Now that I am in Colorado and have completed my training, certification, and licensure as an Animal Chiropractor, I’ve been really promoting my chiropractic services for dogs and horses – to the extent that there are rumors swirling that I no longer take care of people. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
As I said above, I’m blessed to care for both people and animals. What’s fun is that often times one refers the other. In other words, it’s becoming increasingly common for me to get called out to care for one’s dog, only to have the human schedule to see me in my office the next week.
How would you know if your dog or horse might benefit from chiropractic care? The answer is the same whether one is a child, an adult, a German Shepherd, or a Palomino.
Chiropractic is based on the fact that living organisms are self-healing, and self-regulating. There is an innate intelligence present in all cells constantly striving to keep us in a state of homeostasis. That’s fancy talk for the fact that the life inside of us is trying to keep us in a state of health, healing, balance, function, and adaptation.
The nervous system is the master system that controls and coordinates all function in our body and mind. Stress interferes with the optimal function of the nervous system and when stress and tension build up in the spine, the bones may actually misalign and prevent the nervous system from functioning and adapting properly. This may lead to any sort of health problem in our organs, muscles, joints, or anywhere in the body. It can even affect mood and attitude.
The objective of chiropractic is to correct dysfunction in the spine (called subluxation) to allow the nervous system to express life at a higher level. When the nervous system is interfered with, we don’t function optimally and we wear out prematurely.
So, what are some signs that we might benefit from chiropractic care? Again, it’s the same answer whether we walk on two legs or four – or in the case of Buttercup, last week, three legs!
The true answer is that unless a chiropractor checks the patient for subluxation, there is no way of knowing whether the patient needs chiropractic or not. That’s important……but there are some things to consider in your own case or that of a loved one. Is there pain? Is there discomfort? Is there lack of movement? Is there a change in attitude or behavior? Is there stiffness? Is there anything that seems different in a negative way?
These are just a few questions to ask yourself. It is my contention that all people and most domestic animals could benefit from chiropractic care.
People need a lot more care than animals do. One thing I love about adjusting animals is that they respond so quickly and need such little care. Humans, not so much. Humans are under a lot more stress and it is my belief that humans are best served chiropractically, by coming in for weekly or every other week care. Our diets are worse than animals. We sit too much. We have social media and politics that bombard our minds with stress and tension. The main enemy of our highest quality of life is stress, and we’re under more than animals, thus need more care to achieve the best results.
Like I say, I like to see my humans on a weekly basis. Animals need far less, perhaps monthly, or every 60-90-120 days. It’s dependent on a variety of things including breed, age, job, stress levels, etc.
I would love to have a conversation with you about how you, your family, or your animals might benefit from chiropractic care. If you have any questions, by all means give me a call. Doctor means teacher. Let me explain to you what we do and how we go about it.
Chiropractic care offers hope for a better future on many levels. Chiropractic and its potential influence is as vast as the central nervous system – the master system which controls and coordinates every aspect of our health and life.
There is a video I created that I ask folks to watch if they are considering chiropractic care. I have one for human chiropractic and one for animal chiropractic. Frankly, I like the one for animals better, so I’ve included it in this post. Watch it then call me with questions and let’s talk about how your quality of life and health may improve with chiropractic care for you, a family member, or your animal.