Animal Chiropractic Care

Jake Jensen, DVM, is now scheduling appointments for dogs and horses.  Equine exams include gait analysis and saddle fit evaluation. If you have immediate need of chiropractic care for your animals, please call us at (317) 758-4865 to arrange for treatment.

Chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Because nerves control everything that happens in your animals, anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will cascade throughout the entire body.

The spinal cord is a complex framework of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles and nerves. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of the nerves that branch off of the spinal cord and connect to the all of the muscles and organs. The resulting loss of normal mobility can produce stiffness, tension, pain, impaired ability to heal and even organ dysfunction.

The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to compromised vertebra in an effort to re-establish neurologic transmissions. This allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Chiropractic treatment restores the normal motion of the vertebra, thus removing neurological interference. When the nerves can efficiently communicate with all the structures in your animal’s body, they will begin to heal from within.

Symptoms of spinal fixation are vast, and may include pain, spasm, sensitivity to touch, lameness, gait abnormalities and postural compromise. These are the symptoms that are the easiest to detect. Additionally, a trained doctor can distinguish some of the more subtle changes that occur when organs begin to malfunction.

Animal Chiropractic is an integrative method that is best used in conjunction with good traditional veterinary care. This is the beginning of a more modern, comprehensive approach to your animal’s healthcare. It can be an effective and valuable means of restoring and maintaining an animal’s strength, vigor and well-being. By exploring and treating the root causes of their aches, pains and illnesses, a chiropractic exam will help ensure maximum improvement, top performance and an exceptional quality of life for our animal companions.

*Note: A certified animal chiropractor must be either a Veterinarian or a Doctor of Chiropractic (Human) who has successfully completed one of the 3 recognized animal chiropractic schools and are then certified either by the AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) or the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association).