providing integrative animal health services in colorado
providing integrative animal health services in colorado
It depends! Head over to the Services page and see what services you are looking for with your animal(s). This page includes full descriptions of the most common services and what to expect.
A person performing animal chiropractic services is very different from someone offering osteopathic work or massage therapy, and requirements to practice any of these professions vary by state and country. An animal chiropractor (Doctor of Chiropractic) or a veterinarian trained in animal chiropractic (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) requires a valid professional license (DC or DVM) in the state of Colorado. This means the person has gone through 4 years of professional school (a minimum of 8 years of higher education overall) as well as specific additional training in animal chiropractic techniques from an accredited animal chiropractic program. Never feel guilty for asking your animal professional where they were trained or what their qualifications are to work on your animal.
The state of Colorado requires a valid professional license and graduation from an accredited animal chiropractic program. It does not require animal chiropractic certification, but certification does show that the professional underwent additional practical and written testing to show qualification at a national or international level. The two common largely accepted certifying groups are the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA.) A DC in Colorado practicing animal chiropractic is also required to do additional zoonotic disease training for animals. Both professionals must then do annual continuing education to keep their license to practice valid. A DC may not provide veterinary advice or services and must defer to a veterinarian for primary care consultations, as that kind of information/consultation falls outside of his/her scope of practice in human medicine.
This question is extremely common. Many people want to know if there is a way to check if there animal needs it. Yes! It's called motion palpation, and it is the process of the Doctor checking for normal range of motion of all the joints of the body. An acupuncture scan technique may be used in horses to locate areas of dysfunction, so consider a general consultation if you are unsure of what is happening with your animal.
Many people ask if they will be charged less if there animal does need any adjustments in a chiropractic visits, and the answer is unfortunately no. Why? Because the expertise and time to motion palpate your animal is the most time-consuming and important portion of the chiropractic evaluation. The adjustments happen along the way and only take an additional few seconds on any site that was found improperly motioning. Please view any of the youtube videos on horse adjusting or dog adjusting in our educational tab to view some the typical motion palpation and adjustments (both videos show many parts of the exam, but not everything in it's entirety.)
Well, if you can't just check, then how can I guess that my animal needs it? Here are some of the common signs, symptoms, conditions and professions of animals seen by owners that can regularly be helped by chiropractic:
Acupuncture can be used for preventative care or treatment of specific conditions. The Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Approach looks at the whole animal. There are points that can be used for vitality/energy, which drains slowly with age, as well as increasing performance. Acupuncture should be used in conjunction with traditional western medicine approaches to holistically care for your animal. A consultation is recommended for anyone unsure if acupuncture is right for them. An acupuncture scan technique can be used in most horses to evaluate for trigger points indicating specific dysfunctions of the body.
Here are some of the common signs, symptoms, conditions and professions of animals seen by owners that can regularly be helped by acupuncture:
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Just curious about what the chiropractic adjustment looks like? Take a peak in our Education tab at the videos with examples of parts of the equine and canine chiropractic motion palpation and adjustments.
The first couple minutes of the visit are always used to get to know your animal or re-establish connection with follow-up patients, as well as talk with you about your animal. If it's your first appointment, the doctor may use this time to start evaluating you animal's conformation or gait as it moves about the room or stands being held. The doctor will be taking notes and these will be part of your medical record.
On initial chiropractic examinations, Dr. Bacon will do a thorough musculoskeletal exam to palpate muscle and soft tissues, looking for pain, heat, effusion, tension and asymmetry. Horses often benefit from light/slow techniques like Masterson Method to help identify areas of tension, which may be performed at the first visit; this also helps build a connection with your horse. She will also check passive range of motion of many of the joints. Depending on the species of animal, Dr. Bacon will then ask for your assistance for a brief gait analysis by walking and trotting your animal. This is to look for lameness, length of stride between limbs, and arc of foot flight. Abnormalities noticed help indicate where adjustments may be needed, and also may determine rehabilitative exercises that the Doctor can give you between appointments. Recheck examinations will be more brief, and will be looking for changes or progress from initial examinations.
For chiropractic, your animal will then receive motion palpation of the joints, with any needed adjustments made along the way. The whole animal is done (head-to-toe) as long as the behavior of the animal is willing to allow the examination safely. Some animals require trust to be built over time for limb adjusting. The Doctor may ask for your assistance in providing support for your animal for certain adjustments.
On initial acupuncture examinations, Dr. Bacon will likely review some of your history form submissions to determine your pets overall constitution (5 element theory.) She will then do a complete health exam and ideally look at tongue color/texture as well as appreciate pulses. Based on your goals and the TCVM exam, a TCVM diagnosis will be made to determine needle placement. Anywhere from 2 to 30 needles may be used depending on your animal’s diagnosis and current health state; needles are placed with you in the room/area. Less needles are often used with older animals to prevent draining too much of their energy focus. The use of electroacupuncture, aquapuncture, Moxabustion, or cold laser may be used to enhance the acupuncture treatment. Your animal will then need to “marinade” with needles placed for the desired effects anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes with dry needling and electroacupuncture. Progress evaluations used to treat the same issue will revolve around assessing response to previous treatment, physical exam, and needle placement (about 40 minutes.)
For safety and comprehension, an adult handler is required so your animal can receive all possible adjustments and care. The Doctor will ask ahead of your appointment about any behavioral qualities that may make parts of your motioning examination and adjustments more challenging or impossible. Acupuncture patients should not be needle-shy; alternative forms of pain management such as chiropractic, laser therapy, moxabustion, kinesiology taping, PEMF, or massage should be used In those cases. Dr. Bacon is willing to work with animals over time that just need to build trust, so being upfront about behavioral concerns is important for time scheduling management. This is especially true for animals that have never had holistic therapy such as chiropractic or acupuncture.
Please let Dr. Bacon know if your animal is adverse or sensitive to certain areas being touched. Dr. Bacon will not work on animals that are sedated for chiropractic adjustments. Why? Chiropractic adjustments are made based on a feeling within the joint's movement, and if an animal is sedate, it does not have natural response or movement to a Doctor's touch. Adjustments on a sedated animal put an animal's safety at risk. Acupuncture patients may have oral sedation or more significant sedation if necessary, or if there is needle-aversion, needleless options such as laserpuncture, acupressure or moxabustion can be utilized.
Frequent areas of concern are face, ears, limbs, feet, and tails. Some animals can only receive spine work safely, which is okay, and will still be beneficial! The body scan and musculoskeletal exam are good initial ways for the Doctor to read your animal's behavior to touch. For small animal appointments, the Doctor must frequently put their hand or arm underneath the animal's abdomen to support the skeleton during motioning and adjustments. For large animal appointments, the Doctor is frequently standing on large stacked chiropractic bales that put the Doctor's upper body well over the height of the animal.
The short answer is no for chiropractic! Whether you have a young animal in the first few weeks of life or a geriatric companion, chiropractic is beneficial and encouraged. Young animals with conformation faults may benefit from early adjustments in case conformation faults are arising from limb joint reduced range of motion.
Common reasons for young animals to be evaluated is difficulty nursing or in cases of large animals only nursing at one side of the dam. These signs can indicate low mobility in the neck region, so extending or rotating the head and neck is challenging.