Every animal, dog, cat, or horse, that I have examined in my clinical practice of 42 years, have needed spinal vertebrae adjustment as part of their therapy. The nature of animals is that some time in their lives, there has been an injury to vertebrae, associated muscles, tendons and ligaments. This can be due to trauma by another animal in fighting, or running into an object, or jumping off and not landing squarely on all fours, or even torquing the body off center to take weight off a painful extremity. Whatever the mechanism, the vertebrae have been misaligned, muscles put into spasm, ligaments and tendons strained or torn. If not adjusted and supported, these vertebrae attract calcium ions and soon calcification deposits develop, and/or abnormal wearing of joint surfaces of associated front or hind leg with resulting crippling arthritis and impairment of movement.
Besides pain and impaired movement, what other health problems can result from this condition and why is Chiropractic Therapy necessary?
PHYSICAL MISALIGNMENT AND CHI FLOW BLOCKAGES
The most frequent misaligned vertebra is the first neck bone, the atlas. In dogs this is pulled out of place by misuse of collars and leashes. Pulling from a collar can easily pull this neck bone out of alignment either by jerking on the leash to one side or another, or by the dog suddenly lurching laterally against the collar. It is far better to attach a leash to a harness than a collar. Since every vertebrae is attached to one another, a cascading affect occurs of rotating any or several other vertebrae and the sacroiliac out of alignment. In horses, pulling against a halter laterally or even up and down can misalign this atlas. Spinal nerves in the neck or cervical area can affect the throat, thyroid, and the Wallerian Ring of tonsils, the first area of defense against inhaled and ingested infective agents and chemicals, and these nerves can contribute to shoulder and front leg lameness. In the chest or thoracic vertebrae associated spinal nerves can affect the heart, lungs, and circulation. The upper thoracics can also cause front leg lameness. The lower thoracics and upper lumbars affect internal organs of digestion, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, and stomach; of excretion, kidneys; and immune system, the spleen and bone marrow. The lower lumbars affect the bowel or Large Intestine; the sacroiliac, the Small Intestine and Urinary Bladder functions. The Sciatic Nerve, a plexus formed by multiple spinal nerves coming from the lower lumbar and sacral vertebrae innervate the hind legs, carrying sensory and motor impulses. Much hind limb paralysis can be due to subluxation of these vertebrae putting pressure on the lower spinal cord and Sciatic nerves.
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WHAT TO DO?
1. Seek the services of a qualified veterinarian who does chiropractic therapy; or have your veterinarian write a referral letter for your animal to be seen by a chiropractor who does services for people.
3. Seek the services of a veterinary acupuncturist to treat chi blockages, pain and muscle spasm. See our link on the webpage for the AHVMA, our national association of holistic veterinarians, for the doctor closest to you.
4. For arthritis and calcium deposits between vertebrae and within joints, administer my Custom Homeopathic Arthritis 100C and Exostosis 100C: 4 tabs each together, 4 to 6 xs daily as necessary. My Healing Halter is invaluable in these cases, also administer Glucosamine Sulfate and Vitamin C and E supplements- see Animal dosage Schedule.
5. For partially ruptured Anterior or Posterior Ligaments in the knee joint: administer my Custom Homeopathic Knee Joint Injury 100C: 4 tabs 3-4 x daily as needed. Add Vit C and Vit E for at least 3 months.
6. For Hip dysplasia, the tenets for Chiropractic therapy also apply because the dog will torque his body off center to get weight off the painful hip joint(s), thus causing rotation of vertebrae and abnormal wear to the knee joints. Administer the same supplements for arthritis and calcium deposits (treatment #4 and if knee joints are involved, administer treatment in #5), and my Custom Homeopathy Hip Dysplasia Formula 100C: 4 tabs 3-4 x daily for one month minimum then as needed.
7. Do twice-daily acupressure massage of affected Bladder Meridian points.
8. Practice Traction on your animal, as outlined in my newsletter #16, “ Arthritis, its cause and treatment”. It can be very helpful to relieve muscle spasm, help rotate vertebrae to normal positions and relieve pain.
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