Veterinary Chiropractic Care:
Providing Drug-free, Non-surgical Therapy
What is CSMT/VSMT also known as Animal Chiropractic?
Animal Chiropractic is a non-surgical, drug-free approach for correcting many bone, joint, disc, and soft-tissue disorders as well as nerve dysfunctions associated with poor spinal and extremity flexibility and movement.
An Animal Chiropractor uses a gentle, specialized, manual skill called an “adjustment”, or veterinary spinal manipulation of the spinal joints and extremities to restore proper biomechanical and nervous system function in your pet. Whether your pet is a house pet or show animal, athletic or geriatric, chiropractic care may help to reduce pain and promote optimal function of the musculoskeletal system.
An Animal Chiropractor is either a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has successfully completed an accredited Animal Chiropractic Certification program consisting of a minimum of 210 hours of specialized training. Dr. Collins completed a course of over 226 hours and has earned acceptance into the College of Animal Chiropractors.
Why should my pet see an Animal Chiropractor?
Most people recognize that loving and caring for their pets extends beyond providing basic food and shelter. People are looking for conservative ways to achieve optimal health and function for their four-legged companion that is safe and effective. Animal chiropractic is a non-surgical, drug-free approach for correcting or managing many musculoskeletal disorders and help your pet to live a long and healthy life.
When a joint becomes restricted in its range of motion (joint dysfunction), through trauma, repetitive injury, degenerative changes, or structural stresses, the surrounding tissues will further restrict the joint’s ability to move freely. This often results in local pain and sensitivity. Nerves, the communication links between all tissues and the brain, are also impaired by joint dysfunction which can lead to pain, weakness, reduced function, and compensatory changes. Animal chiropractic focuses on the promotion of heath by restoring normal joint mechanics and soft-tissue function, thus, normalizing neurological function which facilitates healing.
A certified Animal Chiropractor understands how best to apply this therapy and can access if an animal can benefit from chiropractic care, and most importantly, is the only professional who is qualified to adjust your pet.
What are some signs and symptoms that my pet may benefit from Animal Chiropractic therapy?
- A general change in normal behavior or activity.
- Difficulty or reluctance to move or apparent stiffness getting up.
- Neck, back or tail pain.
- Muscle spasm, tenderness, or 'roach back'.
- Nerve problems/irritation.
- Change in ability to do things, i.e. navigate stairs, jump onto furniture, get in/out cars.
- 'Not moving right' or Reduced performance.
- Injuries from falls, slips, or rough play.
- TMJ or jaw problems.
- Abnormal gait patterns.
- Poor fitting collars, harnesses, saddles or tack.
- 'Back soreness' or sensitivity to touch while grooming.
- Poor or decreased performance or speed.
- Muscle wasting or spasm, asymmetry when comparing sides or hip levels.
- Unequal bending from side to side.
- 'Roach back' appearance.
- Previous diagnosis such as Osteoarthritis.
- Showing evasion maneuvers such as dropping head or back to avoid touch.
- Muscle tension, weakness or muscle wasting.
- Asymmetrical posture.
About our Animal Chiropractor
Dr. Collins has been in private chiropractic practice, serving the North Shore since 1982. He earned specialty certifications in Occupational Health and Safety, Exercise Rehabilitation, the treatment of Whiplash Injuries, TMJ injuries, Acupuncture and Animal Chiropractic.
Dr. Collins has participated in chiropractic research studies, developed safety and training programs for the prevention of Cumulative Trauma Disorders and was a Teaching Clinician at the National College of Chiropractic.
He received his Animal Chiropractic training through The Healing Oasis and the National University of Health Science. He believes our pets deserve the best of care because “Pets are family too”.