Glastonbury CT Vet

Chiropractic Medicine

Beckett & Associates offers chiropractic medicine. Dr. Beckett studied chiropractic medicine in 2000 and has been practicing on both small and large animals since that time.


What is chiropractic medicine?

Chiropractic care is used in the treatment of muscular and skeletal disorders to restore normal joint and nerve function. Joints send information to the brain regarding posture, movement and speed. If an animal's body parts are not in correct alignment and motion is restricted or incorrect, a warning message is sent to the brain in the form of pain sensation. A chiropractic adjustment restores normal motion to the joint preventing further damage to the tissues and reduces pain by normalizing nerve conduction. Chiropractic treatment can also treat other undiagnosed or poorly managed health problems involving organ function because each spinal nerve leads directly or indirectly to a specific organ.


How does chiropractic therapy work?

Practioners make small adjustments to the animal's spinal column to relieve irritation between stressed vertebrae. Technique involves quick, controlled, low force hand movements to adjust affected vertebrae and joints. The number of treatments necessary to resolve health problems does vary. Acute injuries may be resolved in a few treatments, whereas chronic problems may require months of treatment. It may take up to 5 days for the animal to assimilate to the adjustment.


How to prevent spinal problems

Proper functioning of the back and neck is an important basis for maintaining the animal's performance abilities.

Just like human athletes, animals have an increasing tendency to subluxate and damage the spine and other joints if ligaments, tendons and muscles have not been developed to cope with the demands they are placed under. Conditioning sport animals through a variety in training can help prevent injury.

Proper fitting equipment is also essential. Ensure that your saddle fits your horse and your collar or harness fits your dog. Saddles that fit correctly do not require the use of multiple or thick saddle pads. Any dampness under the saddle area after riding should be even in distribution. Dog collars should be made of soft materials and as broad as possible with a comfortable fit. All dogs that pull on a leash should wear an anti-pull harness or dog halter to avoid excessive pressure on the trachea.

Proper, timely hoof and nail care is essential to have or maintain a spine and joints that function properly. Long toes on a horse or toenails on a dog can negatively affect posture, balance and spinal alignment. Horses should have well balanced hooves that are trimmed or shod properly on a routine basis (for most animals, this is every 4-7 weeks). Dogs' nails should not be heard on the hard floor or they are longer than they should be. Nails should be checked and trimmed if needed every 2 weeks