What is chiropractic (VSMT) care?
In Wisconsin Animal Chiropractic Care is also referred to as Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy or VSMT.
When an animal chiropractor examines a patient, they are looking for joints with a reduced range of motion. Many people have a concept of the “bone out of place theory”. It is very common for clients to have heard of specific joints being “out”. We avoid that terminology, because we feel it gives you an inaccurate picture of what we are doing. As opposed to the joint actually being “out of place”, the joint is instead restricted in its optimal range of motion, which is called a chiropractic subluxation.
These “stuck” joints are corrected with a chiropractic adjustment. The goal of any adjustment is to restore the optimal range of motion to that joint, which will subsequently alleviate inflammation in and pressure on surrounding nerves and soft tissue. The inflammation works a little like static on a telephone line and makes it difficult for nerves to transmit their messages perfectly.
Considering that your nerves coupled with your brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) control everything about you and your body, improving their ability to communicate well enhances your overall health. Thus, chiropractic care is not just about making a “sore back” feel better, it’s really about cultivating great health.
Veterinary Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments are not meant to replace traditional veterinary medicine and instead work best when integrated with it.