All living organisms inherit the ability to heal themselves via their genetic material. This ability is known as "innate intelligence" or "intelligent design". This allows the body to maintain a stable state of health (homeostasis) and to recover from injury or illness. Chiropractic and Acupuncture both assist the bodies normal healing response and a return to homeostasis. Chiropractic and Acupuncture are said to be like a hand and glove - they are different but fit together and compliment one another perfectly.
Chiropractic involves examining muscle and joint function with an emphasis on the spine to determine areas of abnormal motion. These areas of abnormal motion are often associated with dysfunction of the nervous system which can lead to symptoms including pain, altered sensations, weakness or paralysis. Untreated motion disturbances lead to altered nerve function which will progress to deterioration in cellular health and ultimately structural or organ degeneration.
The causes of motion abnormality or "subluxation" can include injury or trauma, response to toxins and other chemicals and the stress of daily activities and living.
There may not be any obvious symptoms in the early stages to indicate that the nervous system function is being compromised.
Physical symptoms indicate deterioration of nervous system function and are warnings that the body is being affected by potentially damaging influences.
The aim of treatment is to restore normal motion to the identified areas or joints which leads to improved nervous system function and a resolution or reduction of the symptoms.
Animal Chiropractic treatments have been developed specifically for the different needs of animals and their specific anatomy.
The training program for animal chiropractic is conducted by RMIT University in Melbourne and it is a 2 year Post Graduate program. RMIT University training is based on the pioneering work of Dr Sharon Willoughby an American Veterinarian and Chiropractor.
Treatment of animals is still a relatively new field of Chiropractic and new methods or techniques are being developed within the small group of practitioners who are trained and qualified to treat animals.
As with treatment of people there are many different Chiropractic techniques that are used by individual practitioners but the end result of treatment is usually the same – better health.The techniques used by Dr. Condon are aimed at maximising an individual patients health potential and are aimed at resolving the presenting symptoms as well as minimising the possibility of symptoms recurring at a later stage.
Acupuncture is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Health relies on maintaining the balance between organs of the body and the smooth regular flow of Qi (energy) , Blood and body fluids. Acupuncture technique involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific points on specific channels on the body to stimulate or sedate the point. Each point has very specific actions on each of the bodies organs. By altering the balance of the organs and normalising the smooth flow of Qi and Blood the body is able to return to its normal state of health (homeostasis).
Training for Veterinary Acupuncture involves one year of additional study organised by IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) which is based in the United States.
Signs to indicate that your pet might benefit from Chiropractic or Acupuncture treatment include:
- stiff or sore getting up from a lying position
- reluctance to jump up or down
- crying or yelping for no reason or when touched
- loss of interest in walks and exercise
- localised skin irritation
- loss of bladder control
- recurring gastrointestinal disturbance
- chronic breathing difficulties
Other indications for chiropractic or acupuncture care include:
- diagnosed arthritis
- recovery from orthopaedic surgery eg. Cruciate
- known accident or injury
- health/wellness promotion
- all race or performance dogs
All animals will benefit from regular chiropractic care throughout their lives to ensure optimum health. Chiropet aims to maximise your pets health and wellbeing and encourages owners to be focussed on wellness of their pets and not just concerned about managing symptoms of disease.
Chiropractic care does not replace normal veterinary care but compliments it. However chiropractic treatment can help some conditions that traditional veterinary care cannot or in situations where owners do not wish to use drugs or surgery on their pet.
In general younger animals will need minimal care while performance dogs such as greyhounds and agility dogs or older animals will benefit from more frequent care.
Many animals also have inherited problems such as hip dysplasia or luxating patellas which can be managed much better with regular chiropractic care.
With Chiropet you can be confident in the care your pet receives:
- Qualified Veterinarian with 30 years experience
- Qualified Animal Chiropractor
- Qualified Veterinary Acupuncturist
- Registered and insured
- All services recorded and accounted
- Commitment to professional development/education
- Compassionate and caring attitude