Chiropractic is a field of health care that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Nerves control everything that happens in your animals. Anything adversely affecting the nervous system will have detrimental effects that will resonate throughout the entire body. The command centers of the nervous system are the brain and spinal cord which are protected by the spine. The spine is a complex framework of bones (vertebra), ligaments, muscles and nerves. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of the nerves that are branching off of the spinal cord and going to all of the muscles and organs. As this occurs, your animal can lose normal mobility; resulting in stiffness, tension, pain, and even organ dysfunction. Additionally, when normal movement is affected, and left unattended, it will ultimately impact your animal’s entire wellbeing and quality of life.
Trauma, overuse, or underuse may cause the vertebra of the spine to become fixed, and the surrounding muscles and ligaments may become compromised and inflamed. This can directly and dramatically impact your animal’s health. Symptoms of spinal fixation are vast, and may include pain, spasm, sensitivity to touch, lameness, gait abnormalities and postural compromise. These are the symptoms that are the easiest to detect.
The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to the compromised vertebra in an effort to re-establish neurologic transmissions. This allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Dr. Battistella will use her hands to identify areas of restriction; and once identified, she applies a precise thrust on the immobile anatomical structures. This treatment restores the normal motion of the vertebra thus removing neurological interference. When the nerves can efficiently communicate with all the structures in your animals’ bodies, they will begin to heal from within. Chiropractic is an effective and valuable means of restoring and maintaining your pet's strength, vigor and well-being. And by exploring and treating the root causes of your animal’s aches, pains, and illnesses, we can ensure maximum improvement, top performance, and an exceptional quality of life for the animal companions you love.