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Spinal Manipulative Therapy 

Spinal Manipulative Therapy 

Veterinary Spinal Manipulation (VSMT) is a chiropractic treatment for pets. Getting the joints to move correctly affects the appearance of the conformation and musculoskeletal structure and allows for the proper flow of information in the nervous system. This allows for better function of locomotion as well as that of the internal organs. Some pets may find this modality too painful, so pain management is dealt with prior to adjusting in some cases. There are also some contraindications, so ask your vet if VSMT is right for your pet. 

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 bring motion to a “fixed” joint area. The aim is to normalize blood flow to the spine and nerves and relieve compression of spinal nerve roots and irritation of the spinal cord. It can release trapped tissues within the spinal joint and break down adhesions. 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 enhance pets’ general health through the support of the nervous system, which may lead to better function of the abdominal and thoracic organs. Spinal Manipulative Therapy is very safe. When done correctly 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 chiropractor who has not completed an AVCA veterinary-specific training program.

Dr. Carlson graduated in August 2006 from The Healing Oasis Wellness Center’s 210-hour certification course. He gained a second certification with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2007.

Read about the history of VSMT