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Chiropractic care is a means of diagnosing and treating spinal problems as well as associated biomechanical and musculoskeletal disorders.
Spinal vertebrae that are lacking mobility or functionally misaligned are termed subluxated. Reduced mobility between two vertebrae can alter function of the nerves exiting the spinal cord between those vertebrae, thus affecting nerve transmission and muscle contraction. Certain movements may become painful and animals may change posture or resist particular motions to compensate for the restricted spinal mobility and to avoid pain. Lack of nerve/muscle coordination can lead to injury or in other joints, tendons and ligaments, for example in the legs. Furthermore, since all nerves communicate with the spinal cord, the entire body’s neurologic function can be compromised when the spinal problem exist.
Chiropractic treatment involves the use of manual (hands and fingers) techniques to correct the misalignment and mobility restrictions found in the spinal vertebrae. Specific, gentle movements are employed to restore the joints to their normal position, thereby restoring motion and optimal neurologic function. Proper chiropractic adjustment operates only with the normal limits of a joint’s appropriate motion. Dr. Kristen Fenstermacher, a veterinarian trained and certified in Veterinary Chiropractic, offers services at the Animal Therapy Center. Chiropractic care is frequently used in combination with other rehabilitation techniques as well as acupuncture.
Dr. Kim Mayers is originally from Western NY. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in…