Many of us have received the benefits of a chiropractic treatment or treatments for ourselves to overcome muscle strain in our back or neck, a rib that has “popped out”, for example, or just for overall wellness that comes with a body that has proper spinal and other joint alignment. We can also apply similar techniques to our pets, which is properly called veterinary medical manipulation. 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, and this is how “restrictions” are located to be further adjusted. The “adjustments” called manipulations are small, subtle and quick also known as “High Velocity Low Amplitude” manipulations, and 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.