Veterinary spinal manipulation therapy (VSMT)
Our nervous system does not just control how we make our bodies move, but how we function and live every day. VSMT compliments acupuncture by providing a healthy stimulus to the nervous system. This can help with illnesses and chronic conditions from arthritis to organ dysfunction. There is an ever-increasing body of evidence that integrative therapies are increasing positive nerve pathways and decreasing negative or pain pathways. Positive pathways help promote parts of our nervous system that heal and help maintain health and function in our bodies. VSMT alone, or with acupuncture, can cause decrease in pain and inflammation locally and throughout the body. The nervous system helps control most body functions, adjusting internal organs without conscious thought. Integrative therapies aim to help manage symptoms, slow down disease progression, and improve overall quality of life.
Integrative therapies are not just for injured or sick patients. World-class professional and amateur athletes often use acupuncture and VSMT as a routine part of their training. If your animals are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as racing, jumping, or showing, acupuncture and VSMT can help them keep in top physical condition.
VSMT treats disease through spinal and limb adjustments. It is considered very safe when administered by a qualified practitioner. Every animal is evaluated by a veterinarian before having VSMT to rule out any problems that could be aggravated by manipulation therapy. An adjustment is a high velocity low force thrust applied in a precise manner to restore normal joint motion. These adjustments can break down joint adhesion and correct alignments, which relieves pain and inflammation locally and increases blood flow.