The science of Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy – VSMT is based upon using spinal manipulation to restore full and pain-free range of motion to joints.
It includes all procedures where the hands are used to mobilize, adjust, stimulate or otherwise influence the spine and surrounding tissues. VSMT focuses on nerves, bones and muscles. The imbalances that happen with these three systems are what the adjustment is working to correct. Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy can increase or restore performance in animals that participate in agility, fly ball, obedience training, hunting, herding, and day-to-day activities.
An adjustment can also be beneficial if the animal has any of the following symptoms:
- Hip dysplasia
- Acute or chronic injury
- Recent orthopedic surgery
- Difficulty / reluctance going up or down stairs
- Disc disease
- Neurological disease
- Behavior problems
- Hunched back
- Pain in neck or back
- Urinary incontinence
- Unusual gait
- And many, many more
Top Reasons to get VSMT care for your pet:
- Difficulty getting up and down
- Refusing to go over jumps
- Sitting with rear legs to one side
- Abnormal posture with standing
- Evasive maneuvers
- Sensitive to touch
- Change in behavior
- Wringing or tucking tail
- Pain when putting on collar or harness
- Facial expression of apprehension or pain
Dr. Leslie Carr is certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT) from The Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, WI.
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