Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy(aka chiropractic or VSMT)
Veterinary spinal manipulation (i.e. chiropractic) is an integrative health care therapy option that helps to maintain proper musculoskeletal and neurologic function. For a variety of reasons, joints in the body, either in the spine or elsewhere, can become hypomobile and have restrictions in their normal range of motion. These restrictions in motion can cause significant neurologic and biomechanical issues. The basis of VSMT involves finding these areas of decreased motion and through specific adjustments increasing joint mobility.
What to expect
Initial examination will include a gait analysis as well as a physical and neurologic examination. The next aspect of the examination will include palpation of the animal for restrictions in joint mobility. These restrictions will be adjusted as necessary. X-rays may help in some cases, but are often not required. The initial examination and adjustments will take roughly one hour. Subsequent adjustments and evaluations can take as little as 20-30 minutes.
How often will I need to bring my animal in?
How soon your pet will need to be rechecked depends on the problem and how long it has been going on. For chronic problems many times they will need to be seen again in 4 weeks and again 3-4 months later. For many acute problems they may only need to be seen once. Some practitioners recommend bringing the patient back every 3 weeks indefinitely. A more effective and manageable approach to long term care is adjusting the patient and bringing joints back into motion and implementing exercises at home to improve muscle function to support proper long term biomechanics.
Who will adjust my pet?
Dr. Tyler Ryan sees all VSMT patients. He received his training through a nationally accredited program at Healing Oasis. This involved over 225 hours of in class hands on training with small animals and horses over 5 months. Dr. Ryan is certified in animal chiropractic by the College of Animal Chiropractors (CoAC).
We are now accepting new small animal and equine patients. Call 734-671-3090 for more information or to make your appointment today!