Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy or VSMT is a technique used to restore movement to joints that have restrictive movement. This could be any joint in the body including the joints of the spinal column as well as joints on the limbs and even head or tail.
What is the difference between Chiropractic treatments and VSMT?
Nothing really. VSMT is becoming a more popular term to differentiate Veterinarians who work on animals and Doctors of Chiropractic who work on humans. Some states allow veterinarians to use the term Chiropractic and others insist on using the term Veterinary Spinal Manipulation. When deciding to use either a chiropractor or a veterinarian you should make sure that they have received the proper training to perform spinal manipulation on animals.
What can I expect during an appointment?
A complete medical history is taken as well as a physical exam which may also include a gate analysis. A complete VSMT exam is then performed by evaluating the motion of joints by palpating and moving the joints. For large animals a VSMT bale is used to stand on to evaluate the animals back. When a joint is found to not be moving properly a high velocity, low amplitude thrust is applied using just my hands to a specific area. This thrust is not moving bones back into place rather it is affecting the structures in and around the joint to improve the motion of the joint.
How can VSMT help my animal?
There are many benefits to VSMT. Restricted movement of joints affects the nerve signals to not only that joint but areas along that particular nerve pathway. When the nervous system can function properly the rest of the body can function properly.
Benefits of VSMT may include
normal muscle tone
improved neurologic function,
improved organ function.
As with any treatment there is never a guarantee that function will return to normal, it is important to set realistic goals which are different for every patient. It is also important to continue prescribed veterinary medications and treatments.
How many treatments will my animal need?
This varies greatly depending on the animal and the condition for which you are seeking VSMT. Initially more treatments may be necessary (1-4 treatments per month) then as there is improvement treatments maybe needed less frequently. Generally chronic conditions usually take longer and more treatments to improve were as more recent conditions may improve faster.
If you think that VSMT may benefit your animal or if you have any questions about VSMT please don't hesitate to Contact Us