Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy

Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT) is a term used in many states that do not legally recognize the term Veterinary Chiropractic. LPWC clients choose VSMT for pets suffering from lameness, trauma, disk disease, surgery, and even for large breed and fast growing puppies.

How does it work?

When an adjustment is being made, we are bringing motion to a "fixed" area of a joint, which can normalize blood flow to the spine and nerves, relieve compression of spinal nerve roots and irritation of the spinal cord, can release trapped tissues within the spinal joint, and can break down adhesions in the joint itself. This often has the benefit of alleviating pain and improving nerve health, increasing muscle tone and giving strength to joints. Additionally, VSMT is believed to improve the general health of pets through the support of the nervous system, which may lead to better function of abdominal and thoracic organs.

Spinal Manipulative Therapy is very safe. When done properly by a certified veterinarian, a patient has a higher probability of getting hit by lightning than being injured by an adjustment. Do not allow adjustments on your pet from an adjuster, veterinary or chiropractic, who has not completed an AVCA veterinary specific training program.

Dr. Carlson graduated in August 2006 from The Healing Oasis Wellness Center. This is a 210 hour certification course that stresses proper adjustment technique and neurophysiology. He gained is second certification with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2007.

Read about the history of VSMT

We had the pleasure of adjusting 13 stars of the Ringling Brother's Circus in May. These were wonderful dogs and wonderfully talented. Gail, as part of her care for her dogs, has them adjusted about every two months while on the road. She believes that it helps with their performance in their very difficult routines. We look forward to the next time we get to adjust these talented performers