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A local chiropractor who treats everything from people, to dogs, to barnyard animals claims that “If it has a spine, it needs an adjustment.” KSMU’s Shannon Bowers spoke with Dr. Christina Thomas about this uncommon treatment that is helping so many.
Playing around with Dr. Thomas’ dog, Natasha, you wouldn’t know that she has had surgery for hip dysplasia. That is because she has been raised by a certified Animal Chiropractor who can adjust her spine, hips and surrounding muscles so they are all working optimally.
“I love being able to help animals get better when they don’t, often times, have a lot of other options,” said Thomas.
Veterinary chiropractic care is manual therapy focusing on the dysfunction of the spine and its effect on the entire body’s nervous system, specifically in animals. There are just over 3,000 licensed veterinary chiropractors worldwide; whom Dr. Thomas says help animals either recover after an invasive surgery, or avoid surgery altogether.
“My biggest thing is that everybody is all on board. The veterinarian, the chiropractor; when it’s horses, the farrier’s involved, and we all come together as a team to give that animal the best outcome,” Thomas said.
She works hand in hand with two veterinary clinics where she does her animal work. This dual approach has helped several dogs, horses and even a prize-winning pig from the area. Recently, Dr. Thomas even treated two paralyzed dogs that are now walking again.
She says that humans and animals are actually pretty similar except for one wonderful difference.
“Animals respond so much quicker than humans do. They are just healthier in a lot of ways. They just don’t eat the bad diets we eat. They exercise well, where we don’t exercise well. Typically, they don’t have emotional stress and those types of things that bring them down like humans do,” Thomas said.
Veterinary chiropractic treatment doesn’t replace traditional veterinary medicine but it has helped with acute stiffness, chronic musculoskeletal problems, and lameness,where the animal fails to travel in a regular and sound manner on all four feet.
Currently, Dr. Thomas has 100 human patients while her animal clientele has skyrocketed to over 250.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.