An unusual study was published in the September 3, 2018, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research that documented that case of a dog suffering with weakness, constipation and extreme thirst being helped by chiropractic.
In the United States, laws vary from state to state as to how animals can receive chiropractic. In some states there is no legal basis for animals to receive chiropractic. In other states chiropractic can only be administered by a chiropractor in conjunction, and with the approval of a licensed veterinarian. Chiropractors have been caring for animals for many decades based upon their own expertise and from training from other chiropractors who cared for animals before them. In 1986, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) was formed by chiropractors and veterinarians. This organization has been offering certification courses for both professions.
On a section of the AVCA website, they describe the process of chiropractic with four points. They say. “How Chiropractic Works; 1) The bones of the spine and joints are maintained in a specific alignment. 2) The nerves which surround each joint and vertebral articulation are in constant communication with the central nervous system, brain and all organs. 3) When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a subluxation. 4) Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints and even distant organs, glands and body functions.”
In this case, a 14-year-old female Boston terrier mix was brought to the chiropractor. She was suffering for the past six days with constipation. Additionally, she also had a severe unquenchable thirst, and was significantly weak. A week earlier, the dog had been to the veterinarian due to being lame in the right front limb. After a series of tests and medication, the dog was no longer using her bowels and was getting worse daily. After a week, the dog was hospitalized. Additional more invasive testing was recommended but the dog owner decided to see if chiropractic would be of benefit.
When the dog arrived at the chiropractic office, she was unable to walk. A chiropractic evaluation was performed and noted limb weakness, as well as areas of muscle tenderness along the spine. Motion and static palpation revealed the presence of subluxations in the dog’s spine. Based upon these findings, a chiropractic adjustment was given to the dog.
Immediately after her first adjustment, the dog was taken outside to evaluate her gait and strength. She was able to walk on her own without assistance. Immediately thereafter, the dog had a bowel movement of what the clinician described as being a significant volume. The dog was seen a week later for a second chiropractic adjustment and continued to gain strength and return toward total health.
In the discussion of this case, the author’s point out, “Animal chiropractic is currently practiced by both licensed veterinarians and chiropractors in the United States, and animal chiropractic training has been incorporated into chiropractic and veterinary programs internationally. Scope of practice is determined by state licensing boards, but most states require chiropractors to obtain referral from a licensed veterinarian or work under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.”