Chiropractic is based on the idea of treating subluxations in the spine and extremities of an animal. A subluxation is the decreased or abnormal movement of a joint. This decreased motion can be caused by inflammation of the connective tissues within the vertebral canal and thus affects how the nervous system is able to communicate. Chiropractic corrects these subluxations by applying a high velocity, low amplitude force into the joint. This allows the joint to realign within its normal range of motion. This is done after motion palpation of each joint to determine whether it has normal or altered range of motion. The adjustment allows for better communication and functioning of the nervous system which decreases pain, allows for proper joint mobility and increases overall comfort.
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese belief that channels (or meridians) of the body can become occluded and impede health. These meridians can thus increase their efficiency of communication via insertion of a small gauge sterile needle. As medical knowledge advanced, these meridians correlated directly to neurovascular channels containing blood vessels and nerves. Once inserted, the needles will help stimulate these channels and surrounding connective tissue which alleviates pain, muscle soreness and promotes organ function.
Chiropractic and acupuncture are frequently used in tandem to help stimulate the nervous system to increase overall health and performance. Dr. Audrey Carlson is certified in chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Associate and veterinary medical acupuncture