Minnesota state law requires that a licensed and registered Animal Chiropractor receive a signed referral from the animal's primary veterinarian. This is a quick process and only takes a few minutes of your time. It will allow Dr. Brittany to collaborate with your veterinarian on your animal's health. Once this referral form is completed, we can set up an appointment.
New Patient Intake
We will need some information prior to your animal's first visit in order to formulate the best plan of action for your animal. Please fill out the new patient intake form before meeting with Dr. Brittany.
At your first visit, Dr. Brittany will explain how chiropractic care works and will do a full evaluation to see if chiropractic care is right for your animal. If there is a good fit, she will develop a plan of chiropractic care that is specific to your animal's condition and your health goals. First, she will do a complete past and current history evaluation to discuss your animal's health-related problems and concerns and to learn about their condition. She will then perform a complete examination to figure out the cause of the issue. This includes gait analysis, posture evaluation, range of motion testing, muscle tone palpation, and static and motion palpation of the spine and extremities to detect areas of joint restrictions or areas of hypomobility (called subluxations).
Your animal will be adjusted on their first visit according to the findings from their history evaluation and examination. An adjustment is a high velocity (fast) low amplitude (small force) thrust to a specific joint that allows motion of that joint to free up nervous system interference.
Course of Treatment
The course of treatment for your animal will vary depending on the presenting conditions and findings of your animal as well as your goals for treatment.
Many people use chiropractic care as a pain management strategy. But many people are under the assumption that no pain or symptoms equals being healthy when this is not the case. Many times the nervous system, your health control center, can have interference in it without you knowing and frequently pain and other symptoms show up only after a disease process has already started. Pain is usually the first thing to go away when beginning treatment, so the first phase of your animals care is for pain and symptom relief. This may require multiple visits in a short period of time at first.
In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care eventhough pain and symptoms are gone. Most chiropractors regard the elimination of symptoms as the easiest and only part of care. If all the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop there, the chances of the condition recurring is much greater. During this phase of care, your animal will not have to recieve adjustments as often as the relief phase.
The goal of the first two phases is to get your animal healing and functiong on a higher level. Once this goal is achieved, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that your animals physical problems do not return and keep them in optimal condition.