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About Animal Chiropractic

"Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes man to live." - B.J. Palmer

Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pet healthcare. It deals with keeping the nervous system healthy for the benefit of all body systems including the musculoskeletal system. 

Animal chiropractic involves adjustment of subluxations of the spinal column, extremity joints, and skull bone junctions called cranial sutures. 

A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of a spinal segment or joint dysfunction which results in neurological or biomechanical dysfunction. 

A chiropractic evaluation includes obtaining a case history of information from the owner, from prior veterinary radiographs or laboratory analysis, and information involving previous diagnoses and therapies. 

Animal chiropractic practice necessitates an examination of the animal patient prior to the adjustment. This examination includes: posture and gait analysis, vertebral and extremity static palpation, vertebral and extremity motion palpation, short leg analysis, radiographic examination, orthopedic and/or neurological evaluation. 

Information from the case history and the examination are combined to determine the chiropractic adjustments the animal may require. A chiropractic adjustment is defined as a short lever, high velocity controlled thrust by hand or instrument that is directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations. 

Animal chiropractic does not dispense medications, perform surgery, inject medications, or attempt to replace necessary traditional veterinary care. 

About Dr. Gingras

Dr. Gingras graduated Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2017 and got her certification in animal chiropractic through Animal Chiropractic Education Source (A.C.E.S.) in 2021. She is certified through the Animal Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) for animal chiropractic. 

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