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Musculoskeletal Manipulation

What is it?

Musculoskeletal manipulation, in our practice, involves much more than chiropractic adjustments. We incorporate a number of different manual therapies in the treatment of our patients, including osseous adjustment, massage and deep tissue work, tuina, and home-based physical rehabilitation.

Osseous adjustment, broadly referred to as “chiropractic”, involves the focused, gentle and predictable manipulation of the spine and skeleton to relieve misaligned areas and reintroduce normal range of motion. Misaligned areas, or subluxations, is a condition where one or more of the joint surfaces are not flexing properly. When this occurs, the nerves coming off the spinal cord can become inflammed or pinched, resulting in pain, decreased function, or even a decrease in function.

Some of the symptoms that you may see in your animal may include:

  • Dragging one or more feet
  • Excessive licking of an area
  • Change in behavior, fear biting
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Expression of apprehension or pain
  • Lameness

Massage and deep tissue work techniques, including aspects of Swedish, Shiatsu, trigger point therapy, and cross-fiber massage, have been shown to increase circulation in treated areas, relieve muscle spasms and improve function and range of motion.

Tuina is the Traditional Chinese Medicine art of massage, body dynamics, and osseous manipulation.  It incorporates aspects of Western bodywork while being based in, and focusing on, the meridian model of energy flow.

Dr. Jaqueline Gray is a certified graduate of the AVCA Veterinary Chiropractic program.