Dr. Mark Fleet
Certified through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association
Animal chiropractic is a health-care profession that focuses on the nervous system. Through adjustments of the spinal column and peripheral joints chiropractors seek to normalize function.
An area of spinal misalignment or joint dysfunction sometimes called a subluxation may result in a neurological or biomechanical dysfunction.
A chiropractor will make a series of adjustments, the goal of which is to correct the spine and normalize the skeletal and neurological systems. Adjustments are the treatment modality that chiropractors are skilled in. They involve performing short lever, high velocity thrusts to joints that are not moving properly and have lost their proper alignment with the joints that they articulate with.
How long will the treatment continue?
Assessing how long an injury or condition may take to heal is very individualized and may depend on many factors. Some of these may include; the length of time since the injury, the severity of the injury, the age of the animal, the type of treatment received in the past, the type of animal and the use of the animal.
Animals tend to respond fairly quickly to treatment and just a few adjustments may be required to correct small problems. Animals that may be used for competition such as race horses or equestrian horses may require adjustments on an ongoing basis since they are being asked to perform at peak levels every time they compete.
How long does a visit take?
A visit may last anywhere from a fifteen minutes for a follow-up visit for a small animal to forty minutes which may be required for an initial examination of a horse. The first visit always takes longer and involves a thorough case history, physical examination including palpation and gait analysis and adjustment and follow-up instructions.
Does chiropractic care replace veterinary treatment?
No, chiropractic is an adjunct treatment that may be used alongside normal veterinary check-ups. The Certified Animal Chiropractic Course taught through the A.V.C.A. is also taught to Veterinarians and some go on to become certified as well. Animal chiropractic is excellent treatment for those who may have conditions untreatable with normal Veterinary medicine or are looking for an edge for a performance animal. Dr. Fleet receives referrals from veterinarians in the area.
What types of animals does Dr. Fleet treat?
There are two components to Dr. Fleet’s animal chiropractic practice. Family pets are treated in a special room in the office. These include dogs and cats and other family pets.
The other area of his practice deals with equine patients that are treated at stables, barns and tracks. These types of horses run the gamut from schooling and pleasure horses to high performance horses such as A Circuit hunter/jumpers and Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.
What are some indications for chiropractic care for animals?
Lameness, shortened stride length, head tilt, pelvic un-levelling, conformational problems, hair pattern changes, resistance or pulling to one side, tenderness under the saddle, behavioural changes, chronic health problems that remain unresolved.
Lameness, herniated discs, degenerative joints, hip dysplasia, partial paralysis in one or two limbs, chronic lethargy, seizures, unresponsive neurological problems, chronic health problems that remain unresolved
This information provided to you by Dr. Mark Fleet
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