Does my animal need chiropractic care?

Animal chiropractic is taking human chiropractic techniques and applying it to animals as a hands-on, non-surgical, drug-free healthcare modality that may help improve orthopedic and neurologic conditions. An exam includes a detailed orthopedic and neurologic exam, stance and gait analysis, and static/motion palpation of the spine and joints in order to detect areas of heat, tenderness or pain, and any restrictions in the way the spine/joints move. The treatment may include joint mobilizations or adjustments aimed at decreasing pain and restoring normal movement to the joints.

Conditions that may benefit from adjustments:

  • any difficulties getting up and walking, not moving right, muscle weakness
  • changes in ability to manage stairs, jump on furniture, or get in/out of the car
  • urinary/fecal incontinence
  • neck, back, leg, and tail pain
  • Muscle spasms, tenderness or pain, ‘arched/roached back’ or ‘sway back’
  • Injuries from falls, slips, accidents
  • Recovering from surgery
  • Event or sports injuries

What to Expect After a Treatment:

  • You may see some immediate improvement in the animal’s activity level and mobility
  • It is normal for patients to be tired and mildly sore for up to 24 hours post-treatment
  • Some animals with acute pain or chronic conditions may require more than one treatment

What kind of training does a certified animal chiropractor have?

  • Martinson is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and has successfully completed animal chiropractic training from an approved school taught by board certified veterinary specialists.
  • Martinson is also a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinson, please call us at 318-797-5522 or email us at