Isn’t it funny how we never think about providing the same care for our pets as we do for ourselves? Chiropractic is well accepted in human health care, it is not as discussed for our pets. Mostly, it’s a newer discipline in veterinary medicine.
Human chiropractic was officially founded as a healthcare discipline in 1895 by DD Palmer, the father of chiropractic. Veterinary spinal manipulation therapy (VSMT – animal chiropractic) was founded in 1989 by Sharon Willoughby, the matriarch of VSMT. Right there, the human version has been around an extra 100 years.
But there’s really very little difference! Sure, the techniques are a bit different as the anatomy is not identical – you’d be surprised at the similarity! What is the same: the benefit! It’s not just thumping the high spot – chiropractic is restoring function to the body and nervous system. A body that works wel sends great signals to the brain. A brain that receives good information sends good information back out to the body for better function. It’s a great cycle. My clients tell me many of my elderly patients have better quality longer due to VSMT treatment.