Now Offering Animal Chiropractic Services!
Dr. Sheri Morris is now offering small animal examination and chiropractic adjustment services by appointment. Interested clients may call for appointments or more information. Dr. Morris was taught by the “Options for Animals” College of Animal Chiropractic, one of only three animal chiropractic certification programs taught in the United States.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is an integrative health care option for your pet or performance animal to help them maintain their best quality of life. Modern Chiropractic spinal adjustments have been performed and taught as a health care modality for more than 100 years in North America. Even in its early years, both humans and animals have benefited from this alternative health care art, distinct from “Western” or “Allopathic” medicine which uses drugs, surgery etc.
At its heart, Chiropractic believes that there is an “innate” ability of the body to heal itself if given every chance. Chiropractic philosophy is built on the belief that the nervous system is the ultimate controller of everything in the body – thoughts, movement, immunity, organ function, healing, and more. In our daily lives, we don’t think much about our nervous system and spinal column, but it is an amazing biomechanical construct. It houses and protects our delicate brain and nerves, but at the same time has many joints to allow us to move in amazing ways while we live. It controls and directs every activity that goes on in the body, inherently knowing what to do and how to do it to keep us functioning biologically.
If any of the units or joints or our spinal column become inflammed due to trauma or biomechanical imbalances or overwork, they may not move correctly. We term this “vertebral subluxation” and this is where chiropractic adjustments can help the body in its job to heal itself.
In animal chiropractic we have specific training in large and small animals to diagnose these “motion units” or joints which are not moving correctly, causing dysfunction of the animals’ nerves. Freeing these subluxations allows nerves to do their full job. If nerves are pinched, then their function is altered or it produces pain or inflammation which makes the animal function poorly.
Chiropractic doesn’t specifically heal disease, but allows the animal to more fully function, to move more freely, to improve their biomechanics to perform better, to decrease pain or inflammation. Chiropractic can be used as part of integrative medicine with other therapies: acupuncture, medicine, and surgery to help to get your pet back on the road to better health.
Does my Pet need Chiropractic?
Every pet experiences trauma at some time, or just the daily activity of life that may cause vertebral subluxations that affect the motion of areas of the spine. If the animal chiropractor can restore normal motion, then better nerve function can be restored, allowing self-healing. Animal athletes in particular benefit from the Chiropractor’s adjustments.
Regular examination and chiropractic care throughout an animal’s life can help to treat and prevent biomechanical problems and maintain health. The frequency will depend on the animal’s age and physical issues.
Even young puppies and kittens and foals can be started early with chiropractic care to get them moving correctly, and then growing correctly.
Ask our staff or veterinarians about a Chiropractic examination appointment with Dr. Morris for your pet.