Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner is a very useful, and often times, relaxing healing modality for our pets! I am a Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner, and I can help restore freedom of movement, relax the muscles and ultimately relieve pain in a restricted joint in your pet with the power of touch.
Many of us humans have received the benefits of chiropractic treatments ourselves to overcome muscle strain in our necks, a rib that has “popped out” or just for overall wellness that results from a body in proper alignment. Veterinary Medical Manipulation is very similar to chiropractic, and one of the main differences between the two is that Veterinary Medical Manipulation focuses on “motioning” every joint in the body, not just the spine or feet. Additionally, I typically combine a Veterinary Medical Manipulation treatment with Tui-na, which is a healing modality in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and most basically explained is gentle massage, acupressure, and manipulation. The two go hand in hand to me. Often times Tui-na is helpful to relax the pet in the beginning and throughout the treatment.
Any species can benefit from veterinary medical manipulation, and I most commonly treat dogs and cats. A thorough “motion palpation” is done of each of the major and minor joints of the body. In this process, “restrictions” are located to be further adjusted. The “adjustments” called manipulations are small, subtle and quick also known as “High Velocity Low Amplitude” manipulations. In my experience, some human chiropractic treatments can be a bit vigorous and uncomfortable but that is not generally the case with Veterinary Medical Manipulation. Most of the time, the pet does not mind the treatment. Often times they seem to feel some relief immediately following the treatment. Depending on the condition, repeat treatments may be beneficial and veterinary medical manipulation can be used long-term to assist in maintaining overall health by focusing on the nerve-muscle-skeletal system.