4 Paws Animal Chiropractic provides qualified and professional chiropractic care to small animals.
We treat every animal that walks through our doors as though it was our own.
Chiropractic is primarily concerned with ensuring optimal function of the joints of the spine and limbs and the relationship this has to the nervous system.
Animal Chiropractic is specifically directed at assessing the spinal biomechanics of an animal and correcting them using a variety of techniques called ‘adjustments.’ This term is often confused with that of "manipulation", as to the untrained eye, it may look similar, however it is not.
A chiropractic adjustment is a much safer, more specific technique that can get excellent results and is usually very comfortable for the animal. The amount of effort or force applied in an adjustment is specifically tailored to the needs of each animal.
Conditions such as lameness, injury and traumas, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia and many other neuromusculoskeletal problems may respond very well to animal chiropractic care.
Do I need a referral from my Veterinarian?
A referral from a Veterinarian is not required to see an Animal Chiropractor. However, chiropractic is not a substitute for Veterinary care and Dr Michelle likes to work with your Veterinarian to obtain optimum results for your animal.
Who is a qualified Animal Chiropractor?
A qualified animal chiropractor may be a Veterinarian, Chiropractor or Osteopath who has completed the post graduate qualification in Animal Chiropractic.
Will Chiropractic Care be scary or painful for my pet?
As anyone who regularly interacts with animals knows, it is often the 'nature' of the person or practitioner that scares or frightens the animals more so than the procedure itself. Knowing how to establish rapport before and whilst working with the animal is of utmost importance. This makes the process much safer and easier for all parties.
Chiropractic procedures may be uncomfortable for the animal if the area requiring attention is already sore and inflamed, or if the animal has a tendency to resist handling. However, common sense will ensure these factors are taken into account.
Chiropractic procedures which mostly involve spinal and other limb 'adjustments', are not inherently painful at all. Other procedures such as trigger point work can be uncomfortable for the animal, however most animals actually 'enjoy' having chiropractic care.
How do I know if my pet needs to see an Animal Chiropractor?
Does your pet look stiff at all?
Does your pet have trouble getting up or lying down?
Does your pet tire more quickly than it used to?
Does your pet play less than it used to?
Does your pet yelp or whimper sometimes?
Has your pet stopped stretching front and back when it gets up?
Does your pet avoid you grooming some parts of its body?
Does your pet have trouble getting comfortable to rest?
Has your pet become bad tempered or aggressive?
Does your pet have trouble sitting "square"?
Does your pet limp?
Does your pet have a skin problem in a confined area of its body?
Does your pet lick or chew at an area of its body?
Has your pet’s posture changed?
If you answered Yes to any of these questions, it would be worth having your pet checked over by an Animal Chiropractor.
What are some common conditions that an Animal Chiropractor might see in practice?
Muscle spasms and nerve pain
Event or sports injuries
Post surgical care/rehabilitation.
Bowel & bladder disorders (co-management with Vet)
Injuries from slips, falls and accidents
Maintenance of joint and spinal health
Healing/helping with chronic disorders
Uneven muscle development
Performance or movement problems
Older age, osteoarthritis, DJD
Consulting at: Move Well Health 159 Mills Street, Albert Park.