What is veterinary spinal manipulation therapy (VSMT)?
Veterinary spinal manipulation therapy is the treatment of areas in the body, including spine, head, legs, ribs and tail, that are not moving correctly causing tenderness and often pain. When these areas receive a properly applied correction, which requires extensive knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and neurology, information is sent to the spinal cord and brain to relieve pain and allow freer movement of muscles and joints. The brain is also affected positively, allowing a happier attitude and improvement of neurologic and organ function. Usually an animal will need a recheck about a week later to make sure that the correction stays, and in many cases will not need another treatment for a month or more. As in Chinese medicine, young animals may need only an occasional treatment to keep them healthy and moving comfortably, but older or ill animals may need to be seen more frequently at first.
Equine and canine athletes can stay competition ready with regular care through VSMT. Improvement of the neurologic system allows muscles to be balanced and strong with no pain to impede their function.