I get a lot of questions about the specifics of what I do as an animal chiropractor. For the most part, I am a brainstem specialist. That means that I look at the biomechanical interference that would affect the brain stem. There are 300 trillion nerves that communicate from the brain to the body for health, movement and blood circulation. When the skull and/or first vertebrae of the atlas, is misaligned, then this interferes with the communication process. This always affects the musculature from the pole to the pelvis. In the brain stem there are two muscle centers, in the reticular formation. One muscle center tells the paraspinal muscles to relax, the other tells them to contract. When the brainstem is clear from misalignment, these two muscle centers work in harmony and the body has balanced and correct range of motion in all vertebra/pelvis, sacrum and legs.
Animal Chiropractic Fixes Misalignment
When there is misalignment, the muscle center that says relax gets pelvic/sacral movement. To compensate for that imbalance, the body weight then goes forward and diagonal. I usually then see tight paraspinal points, soreness and restricted shoulder movement. In the brain stem there are also control centers for respiration, heart, appetite, sexuality and the control for arterial dilation… Needed for appropriate healing and muscles movement and health. The brain/vestibular apparatus has responsibility for balance and coordination. Also if the skull is misaligned it affects the cerebellum which is responsible for balance and body coordination. How the Vagus nerve exits the Jugular Foramen at the bottom of the skull is also important. Looking at the head position I can usually protect if there is digestion issues. The vagus nerve is in charge of the parasympathetic activity for all internal organs, except the adrenal gland. By having a cleared brainstem, the parasympathetic nervous system then communicates and harmonizes well with the sympathetic nervous system. So if an animal is more anxious or having cranky behavior or just not right emotionally, this can be helped by having the parasympathetic nervous system functioning fully.
More Healthy and Happy Physically
By looking at the head balance and feeling the first cervical vertebrae, I can usually predict which hip will be locked for a dog. Then using positive CP reflex… noticing how the top line muscular is being abnormally contracted. Lastly, I observe the shoulder and if it is restricted from the normal range of motion. After the alignment of the skull and atlas vertebrae, there is an immediate change/relaxation for the topline musculature. The pelvis moves freely and the shoulders have ease of normal range of motion. I pay attention to all angles of the anatomy. Looking for he angle thats needed to have the vertebrae and skull move… then assuring the momentum that is needed for the adjustment uses the correct amount of force. The result is a much healthier and happier creature.